noun sac·ri·lege \ˈsa-krə-lij\

: an act of treating a holy place or object in a way that does not show proper respect

Full Definition of SACRILEGE

:  a technical and not necessarily intrinsically outrageous violation (as improper reception of a sacrament) of what is sacred because consecrated to God
:  gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing
sac·ri·le·gious \ˌsa-krə-ˈli-jəs also -ˈlē-\ adjective
sac·ri·le·gious·ly adverb
sac·ri·le·gious·ness noun

Examples of SACRILEGE

  1. They accused him of committing a sacrilege.
  2. They accused him of sacrilege.
  3. an act of sacrilege against the church


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus one who robs sacred property, from sacr-, sacer + legere to gather, steal — more at legend
First Known Use: 14th century


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