sacrilegious

adjective
sac·​ri·​le·​gious | \ˌsa-krə-ˈli-jəs also -ˈlē- \

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

Other Words from sacrilegious

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

First Known Use of sacrilegious

1582, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sacrilegious was in 1582

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