Sacrilege meaning

săkrə-lĭj
Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something regarded as sacred.
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The definition of a sacrilege is a desecration or violation of something that is held sacred.

Making a mocking picture of Jesus is an example of something that would be described as a sacrilege.

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The act of appropriating to oneself or to secular use, or of violating, what is consecrated to God or religion.
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The intentional desecration or disrespectful treatment of a person, place, thing, or idea held sacred.
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Desecration, profanation, misuse or violation of something regarded as sacred.
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Origin of sacrilege

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin sacrilegium from sacrilegus one who steals sacred things sacer sacred sacred legere to gather leg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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")) + legō (“gather; take, steal"), from Proto-Indo-European *sak- and Proto-Indo-European *leǵ-. Sense of “profanation" from late 14th century.

    From Wiktionary

  • Unrelated to religion, which is ultimately from ligō (“I tie, bind, or bandage"), from Proto-Indo-European *leygÊ°- (“to bind").

    From Wiktionary