Definition of


  1. (noun, act) blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character

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Synonyms of Sacrilege

blasphemy, desecration, profanation

Alternate forms of Sacrilege

Derivations: sacrilegious

Hypernyms: irreverence, violation

Origin of the word Sacrilege

  1. c.1300, "crime of stealing what is consecrated to God," from O.Fr. sacrilege (12c.), from L. sacrilegium "temple robbery," from sacrilegus "stealer of sacred things," from phrase sacrum legere "to steal sacred things," from sacrum "sacred object (from neuter sing. of sacer "sacred") + legere "take, pick up" (see lecture). Second … more

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