sacrilegious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sacrilegious grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred "blasphemous rites of a witches' Sabbath","profane utterances against the Church","it is sacrilegious to enter with shoes on"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sacrilegious Violating sacred things; polluted with sacrilege; involving sacrilege; profane; impious. "Above the reach of sacrilegious hands."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sacrilegious Guilty of or involving sacrilege; profane; impious: as, sacrilegious acts; sacrilegious hands.
    • sacrilegious Synonyms See profanation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sacrilegious polluted with sacrilege: profane: violating sacred things
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From sacrilege,: cf. L. sacrilegus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. sacrilège—L. sacrilegiumsacer, sacred, legĕre, to gather.

Usage

In literature:

Henriette and Maurice's route lay past an obscene and sacrilegious rite.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
Why that last sacrilegious lie he had uttered?
"The Peace of Roaring River" by George van Schaick
There was no one in the island sacrilegious enough to rob the church.
"The Galaxy" by Various
It was plain I had stumbled with sacrilegious feet into the room of the daughter of the house.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XXI" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The sound of its bells came as from afar to meet the sacrilegious men.
"Renaissance Fancies and Studies" by Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
They pillage and burn our villages, and even lay sacrilegious hands on the sacred vessels in our churches.
"Acadian Reminiscences" by Felix Voorhies
Pashur and Hananiah are outraged by this sacrilegious suggestion.
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
His subsequent career was asserted by the monks to have been foreshadowed by his sacrilegious beginnings.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
It must not be approached by the sacrilegious scientist.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
Why are ye thus sacrilegiously tricked out?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

Formed for thyself, and turned to thee,
Thy praises, Lord , I show;
No more, with sacrilegious pride,
I rob thee of thy due.
"Hymn of Sovereign Grace" by Augustus Montague Toplady
"I would shrink not from outpouring
All my life blood, but to purge it.
Shall I gentler prove to others?
Mercy would be sacrilegious.
"Fra Pedro" by Emma Lazarus
I through the years had sought to hide
My darkening doubts from simple sight.
'Tis sacrilegious to deride
Faith of unquestioning neophyte.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"Again in every quivering leaf
That moment's agony I feel,
When limbs, that spurned the northern blast,
Shrunk from the sacrilegious steel.
"The Meeting Of The Dryads" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then, when their sacrilegious gaze
The mournful void hath half surmised,
To some more tender soul they raise
The veil of ignorance it prized.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"Confusion now hath made his masterpiece!
Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
The Lord's anointed temple, and stole thence
The life o' the building.
"Abraham Lincoln: An Horatian Ode" by Richard Henry Stoddard

In news:

A student-drawn picture posted inside a Fresno Unified school is sparking debate over whether it's sacrilegious or just a harmless classroom assignment.
Russian Punk band's sacrilegious attack on Christianity.
Some call it sacrilegious to change the music, alter the style or try anything creative with this iconic composition.
Last week, Meek Mill found himself in hot water with local Philadelphia pastor Jomo K. Johnson calling for a ban on his song " Amen ," which Pastor Johnson found to be sacrilegious.
Who is the more sacrilegious.
The country's telecommunications regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), last week ordered operators to block YouTube, citing sacrilegious content on it.
Unless you include sacrilegious in the widest definition possible of religion, I'm not much of practitioner serving primarily as an example of 'that guy' whom you don't want to be.
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