Adjective "sacrilege" definition and examples

(Sacrilege may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈsakrɪlɪdʒ/

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Definitions and examples

noun

Violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred.
  1. 'The former teen idol stands accused of musical sacrilege.'
  2. 'Rejecting a person begging for protection counted as sacrilege.'
  3. 'For the Actionists, as for the artists cited above, there is no notion of sacrilege or blasphemy.'
  4. 'Likening him to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela is sacrilege.'
  5. 'The discovery of a sixth-century graveyard also led to a complaint of sacrilege from ultra-Orthodox Jews.'
  6. 'He also stated that to mix the psalms and uninspired hymns together is sacrilege.'
  7. 'The four knights tried to drag him outside, to avoid aggravating their sacrilege by defiling the sanctuary.'
  8. 'It is heresy, sacrilege, a pockmark upon the face of our National Pastime!'
  9. 'The Jews should have responded to this sacrilege by mourning and distancing themselves.'
  10. 'Renaming the ground KitKat Crescent is sacrilege.'

More definitions

1. the violation or profanation of anything sacred or held sacred.

2. an instance of this.

3. the stealing of anything consecrated to the service of God.

More examples(as adjective)

"diminutives can be sacrilege."

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus ‘stealer of sacred things’, from sacer, sacr- ‘sacred’ + legere ‘take possession of’.