Desecrate vs Pervert - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between desecrate and pervert

is that desecrate is (transitive)  to inappropriately change while pervert is to become perverted; to take the wrong course.

As verbs the difference between desecrate and pervert

is that desecrate is (transitive)  to profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something while pervert is to turn another way; to divert.

As an adjective desecrate

is desecrated.

As a noun pervert is

(dated) one who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.

desecrate

English

Verb

  • (transitive)  To profane or violate the sacredness or sanctity of something.
  • * 1916 — James Whitcomb Riley, The Complete Works of James Whitcomb Riley , Volume 10.
  • 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 desecrate the sanctity of the innermost pale of the church by confessions at Class of your 'thorough conversion'!
  • (transitive)  To remove the consecration from someone or something; to deconsecrate.
  • (transitive)  To inappropriately change.
  • * 1913 — William Alexander Lambeth and Warren H. Manning, Thomas Jefferson as an Architect and a Designer of Landscapes.
  • A subsequent owner has desecrated 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.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=Everything a living animal could do to destroy and to desecrate bed and walls had been done. […] A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.}}

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Desecrated.
  • *1842 , (Edgar Allan Poe), ‘The Myster of Marie Rogêt’:
  • *:Here are the very nooks where the unwashed most abound—here are the temples most desecrate .
  • pervert

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (dated) One who has been perverted; one who has turned to error; one who has turned to a twisted sense of values or morals.
  • A person whose sexual habits are not considered acceptable.
  • Those perverts were trying to spy on us while we changed clothes!

    Usage notes

    * In contemporary usage, pervert is usually understood to refer to a sexually perverted person. Traditionally the word was mainly associated with persons of false religious beliefs.

    Synonyms

    * (sexually perverted person) deviant, perv (slang)

    Antonyms

    * convert (religious)

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To turn another way; to divert.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let's follow him, and pervert the present wrath.
  • To turn from truth, rectitude, or propriety; to divert from a right use, end, or way; to lead astray; to corrupt.
  • * Milton
  • He, in the serpent, had perverted Eve.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2004 , date=April 15 , author= , title=Morning swoop in hunt for Jodi's killer , work=The Scotsman citation , page= , passage=A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police said: "We can confirm that a 15-year-old boy has been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of Jodi Jones. A 45-year-old has also been arrested in connection with allegations of attempting to pervert the course of justice. A report on this has been sent to the procurator fiscal." }}
  • To misapply; to misinterpret designedly.
  • pervert one's words
  • To become perverted; to take the wrong course.
  • (Testament of Love)

    Synonyms

    * (turn another way) divert, steer, veer * corrupt, lead astray * misapply, misuse * (take the wrong course)