[sak-ruh-lij-uh s, -lee-juh s]
Origin of sacrilegious
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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Examples from the Web for sacrilegiously
He fled with a woman to whom he had been sacrilegiously married.
To represent the likenesses of the Prophets is to belittle them inevitably and sacrilegiously.The Life of Mohammad
But he regarded me in a shocked manner at the very idea of so sacrilegiously altering the text!Memoirs of an American Prima Donna
Clara Louise Kellogg
Shagarach started to raise her, but the terrible detonation of a pistol rung out, sacrilegiously invading their quietude.The Incendiary
W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
I remember that the Stonehenge plate greatly impressed me and that I sacrilegiously cut it out of the book so as to have it!Afoot in England
- of, relating to, or involving sacrilege; impious
- guilty of sacrilege
Word Origin and History for sacrilegiously
mid-15c., from Latin sacrilegiosum, from sacrilegium (see sacrilege). As a noun, "one who commits a sacrilege," early 14c. Related: Sacrilegiously; sacrilegiousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper