It might be considered sacrilege to wear a hat and sunglasses while smoking a cigarette when attending a church service.
Making a mocking picture of Jesus is an example of something that would be described as a sacrilege.
- the act of appropriating to oneself or to secular use, or of violating, what is consecrated to God or religion
- the intentional desecration or disrespectful treatment of a person, place, thing, or idea held sacred
Origin of sacrilegeMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin sacrilegium from sacrilegus, temple robber from sacer, sacred + legere, to gather up, take away: see logic
Origin of sacrilegeMiddle English from Old French from Latin sacrilegium from sacrilegus one who steals sacred things sacer sacred ; see sacred . legere to gather ; see leg- in Indo-European roots.
Circa 1300, original sense “stealing something sacred". From Old French sacrilege, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus (“sacrilegious"), from phrase sacrum legere, from sacrum (from sacer (“sacred, holy")) + legÅ (“gather; take, steal"), from Proto-Indo-European *sak- and Proto-Indo-European *leÇµ-. Sense of “profanation" from late 14th century.
Unrelated to religion, which is ultimately from ligÅ (“I tie, bind, or bandage"), from Proto-Indo-European *leygÊ°- (“to bind").