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[mass noun] Violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred:‘putting ecclesiastical vestments to secular use was considered sacrilege’
desecration, profanity, profaneness, profanation, blasphemy, impiety, impiousness, sin, irreverence, irreligion, irreligiousness, godlessness, unholiness, disrespectView synonyms
- ‘Some might consider this sacrilege, but the contrast with Shakespeare's play, Othello, is striking.’
- ‘Intervention by authority was necessary for very serious sins such as adultery, murder, and sacrilege.’
- ‘Renaming the ground KitKat Crescent is sacrilege.’
- ‘This may seem like sacrilege, but take out a ruler and some scissors and - it's okay, you can do it - cut the scarf in half.’
- ‘The former teen idol stands accused of musical sacrilege.’
- ‘The four knights tried to drag him outside, to avoid aggravating their sacrilege by defiling the sanctuary.’
- ‘She could tell he considered such sacrilege a bad omen for their expedition inland.’
- ‘If not, come to gawk at a level of sacrilege no other religious culture would even dream of condoning.’
- ‘He also stated that to mix the psalms and uninspired hymns together is 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.’
- ‘He was even prepared to utter what would once have been considered sacrilege.’
- ‘There's also grilled red onions, but I usually do without those: that's pastrami sacrilege.’
- ‘Rejecting a person begging for protection counted as sacrilege.’
- ‘It is heresy, sacrilege, a pockmark upon the face of our National Pastime!’
- ‘At the synod a catalogue of John's crimes was presented, ranging from rape to sacrilege.’
- ‘For the Actionists, as for the artists cited above, there is no notion of sacrilege or blasphemy.’
- ‘Likening him to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela is sacrilege.’
- ‘On paper, it does sound like sacrilege for this screen goddess to wear a silly hat, get drunk, and make a public scene.’
- ‘The Jews should have responded to this sacrilege by mourning and distancing themselves.’
- ‘The discovery of a sixth-century graveyard also led to a complaint of sacrilege from ultra-Orthodox Jews.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus stealer of sacred things, from sacer, sacr- sacred + legere take possession of.
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