sacrilegious

[ sak-ruh-lij-uh s, -lee-juh s ]
/ ˌsæk rəˈlɪdʒ əs, -ˈli dʒəs /

adjective

pertaining to or involving sacrilege: sacrilegious practices.
guilty of sacrilege: a sacrilegious person.

Origin of sacrilegious

1400–50; late Middle English sacrilegiose; see sacrilege, -ous

Related forms

Can be confused

irreligious sacrilegious unreligiousreligious sacrilegious sacrosanct

Pronunciation note

The almost universal pronunciation of sacrilegious as [sak-ruh-lij-uh s] /ˌsæk rəˈlɪdʒ əs/ is the result of folk etymology—modifying the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word so that it conforms to a more familiar one—in this case religious. Etymologically, sacrilegious has no direct relationship to religious. The historical pronunciation [sak-ruh-lee-juh s] /ˌsæk rəˈli dʒəs/ occurs in American English, though not in British English, and criticism of the newer pronunciation has almost disappeared.
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British Dictionary definitions for sacrilegious

sacrilegious

/ (ˌsækrɪˈlɪdʒəs) /

adjective

of, relating to, or involving sacrilege; impious
guilty of sacrilege

Derived Forms

sacrilegiously, adverbsacrilegiousness, noun
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