What does sacrilège mean?

Definitions for sacrilège
ˈsæc rə lɪdʒsac·rilège

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. profanation, desecration, blasphemy, sacrilegenoun

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

    "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"


  1. sacrilegenoun

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacrilegenoun

    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

    Etymology: [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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Etymology and Origins

  1. Sacrilege

    Literally the act of despoiling that which is sacred.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrilège in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrilège in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of sacrilège in a Sentence

  1. Mia Khalifa:

    I’m not Muslim, and no I couldn't say no to it, it was a clever plot aside from the blatant sacrilege.

  2. Jeremy Taylor:

    Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.

  3. Marquis de Sade:

    There is a kind of pleasure which comes from sacrilege or the profanation of the objects offered us for worship.

  4. Pope Francis:

    We know abuses are everywhere, in families, in the neighborhoods, in the schools, in the gyms, but when a priest abuses it is very grave because the vocation of the priest is to make that boy, that girl grow towards the love of God, toward maturity, but instead (the victim) is crushed by evil and this is nearly a sacrilege because the priest has betrayed his vocation, the calling of the Lord.

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