sacrilege

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sacrilege blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character "desecration of the Holy Sabbath"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sacrilege 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."
      "Families raised upon the ruins of churches, and enriched with the spoils of sacrilege ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sacrilege The violation, desecration, or profanation of sacred things. Roman Catholics distinguish between sacrilegium immediatum, committed against that which in and of itself is holy, and sacrilegium mediatum, committed against that which is sacred because of its associations or functions.
    • n sacrilege In a more specific sense: The alienation to laymen or to common purposes of that which has been appropriated or consecrated to religious persons or uses.
    • n sacrilege The felonious taking of any goods out of any church or chapel. In old English law these significations of sacrilege were legal terms, and the crimes represeuted by them were for some time punished by death; in the latter sense the word is still used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sacrilege sak′ri-lej profanation of a sacred place or thing: the breaking into a place of worship and stealing therefrom
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Quotations

  • Henry Miller
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    “The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    Jeremy%20Taylor
    “Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sacrilège, L. sacrilegium, from sacrilegus, that steals, properly, gathers or picks up, sacred things; sacer, sacred + legere, to gather, pick up. See Sacred, and Legend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sacrilège—L. sacrilegiumsacer, sacred, legĕre, to gather.

Usage

In literature:

To challenge English supremacy becomes not merely a threat to peace, it is an act of sacrilege.
"The Crime Against Europe" by Roger Casement
On its surface the infernal engine carries a dark certainty of treason, sacrilege, and violence.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
Every muscle in him was paralyzed by this deed which seemed to him not murder alone, but sacrilege.
"The Free Rangers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The sacrilege of such an attack would take all the strength out of me.
"Lazarre" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
That would be sacrilege!
"The Land Of Heart's Desire (Little Blue Book#335)" by W.B. Yeats
You shall hold the images of the gods, since it would be sacrilege for me to touch them with my blood-stained hands.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
It is sacrilege to speak his name or tell my grief to those who knew him not.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
It regards opposition as sacrilege.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Love alone can blend two lives, and without love marriage is sacrilege.
"The Narrative of Gordon Sellar Who Emigrated to Canada in 1825" by Gordon Sellar
Nay, more, stolen from my prayers with sacrilege, And here transferred to you?
"The Works Of John Dryden, Volume 4 (of 18)" by John Dryden
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In poetry:

O! thou, most delicate, and most refin'd,
'Tis sacrilege to say I fear to love
A being, gifted thus with charms of mind,
So form'd that passion to inspire and prove.
"The Confession" by Charlotte Dacre
If 'twas from there the stranger gathered thee
I would forgive the sacrilege, and thou
A precious relic to my breast would be,
Nor prized the less because thou'rt withered now.
"Lines To A Shamrock" by Nora Pembroke
Sense is not competent to tell
The strivings of the clay-bound soul;
Thoughts high as heaven and deep as hell,
Will awfully around it roll;
And words are sacrilege, that dare
Its fearful workings to declare.
"To A Deaf And Dumb Lady" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Although it was basically sacrilege to support any " Alias " coupling that didn't' involve the words "Sydney and Vaughn," a small part of me always thought that our beloved spygirl would be better off with her best friend Will Tippin.
It might be sacrilege to admit I'm not a cheesecake fan, but I usually find the dessert boring and far too dense.
Turning away when sacrilege purports to be art.
Sacrilege at Ground Zero.
Marshall to direct Rogue's ' Sacrilege '.
Sun Myung Moon, the church's spiritual leader, were considered sacrilege.
We don't use the word "sacrilege" very often around here, but this.
To the food purist, tampering with a classic is sacrilege.
Most Chiefs players see proposal to eliminate the tradition as a sacrilege.
To compound matters, Santa is helping to roll out a movie that some say is sacrilege.
AUSTIN, Texas—To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith—not to mention how it pinpoints her location , even in the school bathroom.
A USTIN, Texas – To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith – not to mention how it pinpoints her location , even in the school bathroom.
To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith _ not to mention how it pinpoints her location , even in the school bathroom.
Austin, Texas — To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith — not to mention how it pinpoints her location , even in the school bathroom.
To 15-year-old Andrea Hernandez, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a "mark of the beast," sacrilege to her Christian faith — not to mention how it pinpoints her location , even in the school bathroom.
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