- the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred.
- an instance of this.
- the stealing of anything consecrated to the service of God.
Origin of sacrilege
Examples from the Web for sacrilege
He tells The Daily Beast that people thought transplanting organs “was sacrilege.”Sanjay Gupta’s Pot Pilgrimage for Pain Relief
Valerie Vande Panne
March 11, 2014
In this respect, sacrilege as it may seem, Netanyahu may actually most closely resemble Yitzhak Rabin.Is there a Rabin-Netanyahu Link?
Danielle Spiegel Feld
August 2, 2013
His gesture is so bold it has a whiff of sacrilege, not just of art-world rebellion.If Jack the Ripper Had Made Art
May 28, 2012
The alternative—burning gas over fake logs—seems a sacrilege.The Fireplace Delusion: A Metaphor for Religious Belief
February 3, 2012
OK, well maybe we do agree with the latter view; that sort of extreme flavoring can veer dangerously close to sacrilege.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
September 2, 2011
It was sacrilege to think of changing such old, venerable things.The Dream
They could not, above all, endure this immensity of perjury and sacrilege.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
We have treated of sacrilege, and of conspiracy, and of treason.Laws
His horror at the sacrilege was so ludicrous that Kendrick laughed aloud.Fair Harbor
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Look at our sacraments—are they a lie, or are they a sacrilege?The Christian
- the misuse or desecration of anything regarded as sacred or as worthy of extreme respectto play Mozart's music on a kazoo is sacrilege
- the act or an instance of taking anything sacred for secular use
Word Origin and History for sacrilege
c.1300, "crime of stealing what is consecrated to God," from Old French sacrilege (12c.), from Latin sacrilegium "temple robbery, a stealing of sacred things," from sacrilegus "stealer of sacred things," noun use of adjective, from phrase sacrum legere "to steal sacred things," from sacrum "sacred object" (from neuter singular of sacer "sacred;" see sacred) + legere "take, pick up" (see lecture (n.)). Second element is not from religion. Transferred sense of "profanation of anything held sacred" is attested from late 14c.