sacrilege


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sac·ri·lege

 (săk′rə-lĭj)
n.
Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something regarded as sacred.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus, one who steals sacred things : sacer, sacred; see sacred + legere, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots.]

sac′ri·le′gist (săk′rə-lē′jĭst) n.

sacrilege

(ˈsækrɪlɪdʒ)
n
1. the misuse or desecration of anything regarded as sacred or as worthy of extreme respect: to play Mozart's music on a kazoo is sacrilege.
2. the act or an instance of taking anything sacred for secular use
[C13: from Old French sacrilège, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus temple-robber, from sacra sacred things + legere to take]
sacrilegist n

sac•ri•lege

(ˈsæc rə lɪdʒ)

n.
1. the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred.
2. an instance of this.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French < Latin sacrilegium=sacri-, comb. form of sacrum sacred object or place + leg(ere) to steal, literally, gather + -ium -ium1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sacrilege - blasphemous behaviorsacrilege - blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
irreverence, violation - a disrespectful act

sacrilege

noun
1. desecration, violation, blasphemy, mockery, heresy, irreverence, profanity, impiety, profanation, profaneness Stealing from a place of worship was considered a sacrilege.
desecration respect, reverence, piety

sacrilege

noun
An act of disrespect or impiety toward something regarded as sacred:
Translations
تَدْنيس المُقَدَّسات
svatokrádež
helligbrøde
helgispjöll, vanhelgun
šventvagiškaišventvagystė
svētuma apgānīšanazaimizaimošana
kutsal şeylere saygısızlık

sacrilege

[ˈsækrɪlɪdʒ] N (lit, fig) → sacrilegio m

sacrilege

[ˈsækrɪlɪdʒ] n
(= offence to religion) → sacrilège m
(= offensive act) → sacrilège m

sacrilege

nSakrileg nt; (fig also)Frevel m; that would be sacrilegedas wäre ein Sakrileg or Frevel

sacrilege

[ˈsækrɪlɪdʒ] nsacrilegio

sacrilege

(ˈsӕkrəlidʒ) noun
the act of using a holy thing or place in a wicked way. Robbing a church is considered (a) sacrilege.
ˈsacriˈlegious (-ˈlidʒəs) adjective
ˌsacriˈlegiously adverb
ˌsacriˈlegiousness noun
References in classic literature ?
he added, addressing the clerk at his side, "is it sacrilege or not, by law?
It is sacrilege to struggle against so many things, my Lord.
The generations succeeded each other; the warrior who had committed the sacrilege perished miserably; the Moonstone passed
The time at length arrives when grief is rather an indulgence than a necessity; and the smile that plays upon the lips, although it may be deemed a sacrilege, is not banished.
Thwackum was resolved a crime of this kind, which he called sacrilege, should not go unpunished.
Dost thou not know that it is sacrilege to touch an Isanusi?
The course of the Father Confessor's arguments ran as follows: "Ignorant of the import of what you were undertaking, you made a vow of conjugal fidelity to a man who on his part, by entering the married state without faith in the religious significance of marriage, committed an act of sacrilege.
They were horrified, for De Montfort's bold challenge was to them but little short of sacrilege.
On the other hand, the majority of the populace unquestionably would demand that we pay the penalty of our sacrilege.
It certainly was little less than sacrilege," replied Grandfather; "but the time was coming when even the churches, where hallowed pastors had long preached the word of God, were to be torn down or desecrated by the British troops.
And it is SACRILEGE to have it degraded to the level of a baking powder advertisement.
For gif adultery, sacrilege, oppression, barbarous cruelty, and theft heaped upon theft, deserve hell, the great King of Carrick can no more escape hell for ever, than the imprudent Abbot escaped the fire for a season as follows.