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sacrilege

Line breaks: sac¦ri|lege
Pronunciation: /ˈsakrɪlɪdʒ
 
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Definition of sacrilege in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred: putting ecclesiastical vestments to secular use was considered sacrilege
More example sentences
  • Intervention by authority was necessary for very serious sins such as adultery, murder, and sacrilege.
  • A beard and a mustache have been added to the face of the devil in the picture, so that the killer is guilty of sacrilege no less than murder.
  • For the Actionists, as for the artists cited above, there is no notion of sacrilege or blasphemy.
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Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus 'stealer of sacred things', from sacer, sacr- 'sacred' + legere 'take possession of'.

Words that rhyme with sacrilege

pupillage (US pupilage)

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