What does sacrilege mean?

Definitions for sacrilegeˈsæc rə lɪdʒ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word sacrilege.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. profanation, desecration, blasphemy, sacrilege(noun)

    blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

    "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"


  1. sacrilege(Noun)

    desecration, profanation, misuse or violation of something regarded as sacred

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacrilege(noun)

    the sin or crime of violating or profaning sacred things; the alienating to laymen, or to common purposes, what has been appropriated or consecrated to religious persons or uses

  2. Origin: [F. sacrilge, L. sacrilegium, from sacrilegus that steals, properly, gathers or picks up, sacred things; sacer sacred + legere to gather, pick up. See Sacred, and Legend.]


  1. Sacrilege

    Sacrilege is the violation or injurious treatment of a sacred object or person. It can come in the form of irreverence to sacred persons, places, and things. When the sacrilegious offence is verbal, it is called blasphemy. In a less proper sense, any transgression against what is seen as the virtue of religion would be a sacrilege. "Sacrilege" originates from the Greek sacer, sacred, and legere, to steal, as in Roman times it referred to the plundering of temples and graves. By the time of Cicero, sacrilege had adopted a more expansive meaning, including verbal offences against religion and undignified treatment of sacred objects. Most ancient religions have a concept analogous to sacrilege, often considered as a type of taboo. The basic idea is that sacred objects are not to be treated in the same way as other objects.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sacrilege

    sak′ri-lej, n. profanation of a sacred place or thing: the breaking into a place of worship and stealing therefrom.—n. Sac′rileger (obs.).—adj. Sacrilē′gious, polluted with sacrilege: profane: violating sacred things.—adv. Sacrilē′giously.—ns. Sacrilē′giousness; Sac′rilēgist, one guilty of sacrilege. [Fr. sacrilège—L. sacrilegiumsacer, sacred, legĕre, to gather.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. sacrilege

    1. Any impolite act in the presence of a Humbug. 2. To shock the sensibilities of a Nobody. 3. To kill a mystical Mule or swap jokes in public with a Ghost.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrilege in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrilege in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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