sacrilegious

adjective sac·ri·le·gious \ ˌsa-krə-ˈli-jəs also -ˈlē- \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of sacrilegious

: committing or characterized by sacrilege : having or showing a lack of proper respect for a sacred person, place, or object
  • sacrilegious acts
  • It is difficult for religiously committed persons to acknowledge that their sacred texts are prone to sacrilegious uses.
  • —Mary C. Boys
often used in an exaggerated way in contexts unrelated to religion
  • It would be sacrilegious to cut down such beautiful trees.
  • Chilling your red wines may seem sacrilegious to some, and downright odd to others.
  • —Tess Rose Lampert

sacrilegiously

adverb
    • In the center of the rich red carpet was a black and gold Louis Quinze table, a lovely antique, now sacrilegiously desecrated with marks of glasses and the scars of cigar-stumps.
    • —Arthur Conan Doyle

sacrilegiousness

noun
    • … these examples of … insensitivity to (if not sacrilegiousness or profanation of) the deeply held beliefs of some 200 million-plus Americans.
    • —Quin Hilyer

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First Known Use of sacrilegious

1582

in the meaning defined above

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