from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Desecration, profanation, misuse, or theft of something sacred.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. desecration, profanation, misuse or violation of something regarded as sacred
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The violation, desecration, or profanation of sacred things.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
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.
While some would call it sacrilege to deface such a well-known icon, there is a long history of ads on the left-field wall.
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.