American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something sacred.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. 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. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
- 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. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus, one who steals sacred things : sacer, sacred; see sacred + legere, to gather; see leg- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Thwackum was resolved a crime of this kind, which he called sacrilege, should not go unpunished.”
“Driven by myth [...] horror can only be expressed by and in sacrilege: the impious cults, hideous ceremonies, blasphemous rites elsewhere mentioned, which tell a reverse history of salvation.”
“Recognition that a Muslim state might commit the ultimate in sacrilege by beheading a person who had been dangled on the Prophet's knee has imbued modern political Shiism with a distrust of the state.”
“I wasn't sure how far I wanted to go into this part of the debate because I think sacrilege is something of a separate issue here which complexifies things greatly, so I probably gave the Art and Religion relationship short shrift.”
“Another example which complements this intra-cultural sacrilege, as a case of cross-cultural sacrilege, is that of the Mohammed cartoons.”
“So what if we want to argue that this sacrilege is valid?”
“Actually I agree that the issue in the case of sacrilege is power, but it's the power differential between the religion and the individual rather than between the dominant culture-as-community and the marginalised culture-as-community that's the deciding factor for me.”
“But later today we'll get a chance to step out on what some call sacrilege, others call stunning.”
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“Even if it is indisputable that Bobby Moore was a football god who in one of the greatest games ever played fought Pele to a standstill, no-one should sneer the word sacrilege if it should happen this evening in Seville that his total of 108 caps for England is matched by David Beckham.”
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