1. blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

    Synonyms : blasphemy, profanation, sacrilege
    Type Of : irreverence, violation
    Examples :
    • desecration of the Holy Sabbath


  1. remove the consecration from a person or an object

    Synonyms : deconsecrate, unhallow
    Antonyms : consecrate
    Type Of : change by reversal, reverse, turn
  2. violate the sacred character of a place or language

    Synonyms : outrage, profane, violate
    Type Of : assail, set on, assault, attack
    Examples :
    • desecrate a cemetery


  1. expressive of low opinion

    Synonyms : derogative, disparaging
    Examples :
    • derogatory comments


  1. treat or speak of with contempt

    Type Of : bemock, mock
    Examples :
    • He derided his student's attempt to solve the biggest problem in mathematics


  1. belittle

    Synonyms : depreciate, vilipend
    Type Of : disparage, belittle, pick at
    Examples :
    • The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts
  2. express strong disapproval of; deplore

    Type Of : reject, disapprove


  1. a corrupt or depraved or degenerate act or practice

    Synonyms : turpitude
    Type Of : evildoing, transgression
  2. moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

    Synonyms : corruption, degeneracy, depravation, putrefaction
    Type Of : immorality
    Examples :
    • its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity


  1. regret strongly

    Synonyms : bemoan, bewail, lament
    Type Of : kick, kvetch, complain, plain, quetch, sound off
    Examples :
    • I deplore this hostile action
  2. express strong disapproval of

    Type Of : criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock
    Examples :
    • We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners


  1. use up (resources or materials)

    Synonyms : consume, eat, eat up, exhaust, run through, use up, wipe out
    Type Of : drop, spend, expend


  1. to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

    Synonyms : brand, mark, stigmatise, stigmatize
    Type Of : label
    Examples :
    • He denounced the government action
  2. give away information about somebody

    Synonyms : betray, give away, grass, rat, shit, shop, snitch, stag, tell on
    Type Of : inform
  3. announce the termination of, as of treaties

    Type Of : denote, announce
  4. speak out against

    Type Of : criticise, knock, criticize, pick apart
    Examples :
    • He denounced the Nazis


  1. take exception to

    Synonyms : except
    Type Of : object
    Examples :
    • he demurred at my suggestion to work on Saturday
  2. (law) a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings

    Synonyms : demurral, demurrer
    Type Of : objection
  3. enter a demurrer

    Type Of : plead