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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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  • Renaissance Paintings Make for Hilarious (Kiiinda Sacrilegious) GIF Mashups
    The Renaissance began in Italy in the 1400s. Newly made scientific discoveries meant that painters were depicting the human form with more anatomical accuracy, but their subjects were often intensely religious, Catholic figures. You wouldn’t necessarily call it a fun-loving body of work. Unless you’re James Kerr. In an act of da Vinci-esque brilliance, the [ Read more on this news related to 'Sacrilegious'
  • Pope apologises for "sacrilegious cult" of Church sexual abuse
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult. The pope addressed this directly, repeating the thrust of what he said last April in a conversation with reporters. Read more on this news related to 'Sacrilegious'
  • Pope begs forgiveness for 'sacrilegious cult' of Church sexual abuse
    By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult. "It was clearly not a public relations event. Read more on this news related to 'Sacrilegious'

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