Sacrilegious

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Sacrilegious Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    sacrilegious adj : 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" [syn: blasphemous, profane]
Sacrilegious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Sacrilegious \Sac`ri*le"gious\, a. [From sacrilege: cf. L. sacrilegus.] Violating sacred things; polluted with sacrilege; involving sacrilege; profane; impious. Above the reach of sacrilegious hands. --Pope. -- Sac`ri*le"gious*ly, adv. -- Sac`ri*le"gious*ness, n.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Sacrilegious'


Sacrilege is the violation or injurious treatment of a sacred object. In a less proper sense, any transgression against the virtue of religion would be a sacrilege. It can come in the form of irreverence to sacred persons, places, and things. When the sacrilegious offence is verbal, it is called blasphemy. "Sacrilege" originates from the Latin sacer, sacred, and legere, to steal, as in Roman times it referred to the plundering of temples and graves. By the time of Cicero, sacrilege had adopted a more expansive meaning, including verbal offences against religion and undignified treatment of sacred objects.

Most ancient religions have a concept analogous to sacrilege, often considered as a type of taboo. The basic idea is that sacred objects are not to be treated in the same way as other objects.

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