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sacrilege

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noun sac·ri·lege \ˈsa-krə-lij\

Simple Definition of sacrilege

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

Full Definition of sacrilege

  1. 1 :  a technical and not necessarily intrinsically outrageous violation (as improper reception of a sacrament) of what is sacred because consecrated to God

  2. 2 :  gross irreverence toward a hallowed person, place, or thing

sac·ri·le·gious play \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



Origin of sacrilege

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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