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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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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
2. disrespect, contempt, disregard, dishonour, lack of respect, irreverence, impertinence, discourtesy It is a sacrilege to offend democracy.
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sacrilege

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

sacrilege

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

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

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

[ˈsækrɪlɪdʒ] nsacrilegio
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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
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