Origin of sacrilege
Examples from the Web for sacrilege
He tells The Daily Beast that people thought transplanting organs “was sacrilege.”
In this respect, sacrilege as it may seem, Netanyahu may actually most closely resemble Yitzhak Rabin.
His gesture is so bold it has a whiff of sacrilege, not just of art-world rebellion.
The alternative—burning gas over fake logs—seems a sacrilege.The Fireplace Delusion: A Metaphor for Religious Belief|Sam Harris|February 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
OK, well maybe we do agree with the latter view; that sort of extreme flavoring can veer dangerously close to sacrilege.
It comes to them as the gifts of gods and sages, which it would be sacrilege to reject.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877|James Kennedy
It was wicked to cough in church, as it was a sacrilege to play with a hymn-book.The Uncalled|Paul Laurence Dunbar
Or was the fear genuine, and the delight the greater: a sort of sacrilege?Aaron's Rod|D. H. Lawrence
But thy people burn thy marbles for lime, and three centuries of this sacrilege will destroy all sign of thy nobleness.'Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7)|John Addington Symonds
Sacrilege to pluck fruit-tree blossom—soft, sacred, young blossom—and throw it away!Five Tales|John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for sacrilege
Word Origin for sacrilege
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.