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) To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
It's reform -- reform! You're going to `turn over a new leaf,' and all that, and sign the pledge, and quit cigars, and go to work, and pay your debts, and gravitate back into Sunday-school, where you can make love to the preacher's daughter under the guise of religion, and the sanctity of the innermost pale of the church by confessions at Class of your `thorough conversion'!
" James Whitcomb Riley,
The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley
) To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
) To inappropriately change.
A subsequent owner has
the main hall and robbed it of its grandeur by putting in a floor just beneath the circular windows in order to make an upper room over the hall.
" William Alexander Lambeth and Warren H. Manning,
Thomas Jefferson as an Architect and a Designer of Landscapes.
trans-top, to inappropriately change
German: entheiligen, schí¤nden
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