Definitions for sacrilegeˈsæc rə lɪdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sac•ri•legeˈsæc rə lɪdʒ(n.)

  1. the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred.

    Category: Religion

  2. an instance of this.

    Category: Religion

Origin of sacrilege:

1275–1325; ME < OF < L sacrilegium=sacri-, comb. form of sacrum sacred object or place +leg(ere) to steal, lit., gather +-ium -ium1

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"

Wiktionary

  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

Freebase

  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.

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.


Translations for sacrilege

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sacrilege(noun)

the act of using a holy thing or place in a wicked way

Robbing a church is considered (a) sacrilege.

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