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It was sacrilege to think of changing such old, venerable things.

They could not, above all, endure this immensity of perjury and sacrilege.

We have treated of sacrilege, and of conspiracy, and of treason.

His horror at the sacrilege was so ludicrous that Kendrick laughed aloud.

Look at our sacraments—are they a lie, or are they a sacrilege?

And there was reason for their haste other than their anxiety to set a term to the sacrilege of their presence.

It was unconsecrated, and there could be no sacrilege in using it.

Shall we believe the oath of an unbeliever attainted of sacrilege?

If that does not entail simony and sacrilege, then such things do not exist at all.

“It would be sacrilege to move the dead,” Chebron said with a shudder.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "crime of stealing what is consecrated to God," from Old French sacrilege (12c.), from Latin sacrilegium "temple robbery, a stealing of sacred things," from sacrilegus "stealer of sacred things," noun use of adjective, from phrase sacrum legere "to steal sacred things," from sacrum "sacred object" (from neuter singular of sacer "sacred;" see sacred) + legere "take, pick up" (see lecture (n.)). Second element is not from religion. Transferred sense of "profanation of anything held sacred" is attested from late 14c.

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