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sacrilege | sacrilegious

sacrilege sacrilegious
the disrespect of something regarded sacred or important
  • How to Memorize
    • sacrilege - sin
  • Analysis

    Originally, ‘sacrilege’ was used to express a blasphemous act that involved the violation or disrespect of holy traditions or objects, but has since been adapted to also refer to disrespecting something somebody considers very important. It is this second use that has become the most common. The word is also sometimes used as a deliberate exaggeration for effect.

  • Exam DBSpoken DBOther
    Antonymsdeferencesanctification, dedication,
  • Example(s)
    1. I can’t believe they’re going to knock down that beautiful old building. It’s sacrilege!

    2. Many Christians considered the protesters' burning of a cross to be a sacrilegious act.

    3. Sarah was livid that I made some changes to her proposal. It was as if I had committed a sacrilege!