Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Grossly irreverent toward what is or is held to be sacred.
  • adj. Having committed sacrilege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Committing sacrilege; acting or speaking very disrespectfully toward what is held to be sacred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Violating sacred things; polluted with sacrilege; involving sacrilege; profane; impious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Guilty of or involving sacrilege; profane; impious: as, sacrilegious acts; sacrilegious hands.
  • Synonyms See profanation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

Etymologies

From Latin sacer + legō ("steal something sacred"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Pennys skipped the spellers' annual picnic Memorial Day to go into the capital, where Veronica met "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and stumped him with the spelling of the word "sacrilegious."

    The Seattle Times

  • They likewise sent forth secret agents to alarm the people by threats of the divine vengeance if they did not insist on the execution of Jesus, whom they termed a sacrilegious blasphemer.

    The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Gallery protests Smithsonian's removal of video some call sacrilegious, anti-Christian

    Kansas City Star: Front Page

  • On one kiosk in the physical show a brief view of a crucifix covered with ants by Wojnarowicz was called sacrilegious by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, and others, and the Portrait Gallery decided it was too much of a distraction to the overall themes of the show.

    Portrait Gallery gets huge online bump

  • CNS contacted incoming House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor for their thoughts on the exhibit -- smelling culture war blood, Boehner and Cantor embraced the crusade against "sacrilegious" art in the Smithsonian.

    Michael B. Keegan: Smithsonian: Just Put the Art Back

  • Sen. Jim DeMint R-S.C. called Democrats' push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas "sacrilegious," and warned he'd draw the process out to wage his objections.

    GOP Senators Invoke Christmas In Order To Pointlessly Obstruct The START Treaty

  • But it also means Democrats aren't being any more "sacrilegious" than Republicans are.

    The Senate GOP's bore on Christmas

  • If Senators like DeMint find working around Christmas "sacrilegious," they should stop obstructing the Senate's business so they can all go home.

    The Senate GOP's bore on Christmas

  • But I will say this - although it has become 'sacrilegious' to speak in terms of black and white among some people, this is one of the times when it couldn't be clearer: The Israelis are the good guys and the members of Hamas are the bad guys.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • Wilson decision, the US Supreme Court overturned laws banning "sacrilegious" content in films.

    Supporting Atheists As Anti-Oppression Work

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  • The government will continue to block some Web pages that contain "sacrilegious material," but Malik declined to specify which ones.(online)

    September 27, 2010