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Meaning of SACRILEGE

Pronunciation:  'sacrulij

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character; "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
 

SACRILEGE is a 9 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: blasphemy, desecration, profanation
 
 See Also: irreverence, violation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sac"ri*lege\, n. [F. sacril[`e]ge, L. sacrilegium,
from sacrilegus that steals, properly, gathers or picks up,
sacred things; sacer sacred + legere to gather, pick up. See
{Sacred}, and {Legend}.]
The sin or crime of violating or profaning sacred things; the
alienating to laymen, or to common purposes, what has been
appropriated or consecrated to religious persons or uses.

      And the hid treasures in her sacred tomb With sacrilege
      to dig.                                  --Spenser.

      Families raised upon the ruins of churches, and
      enriched with the spoils of sacrilege.   --South.

 

 

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