Part of speech: noun

The profaning of anything sacred; desecration.

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Usage examples "sacrilege":

  1. On the other hand, the majority of the populace unquestionably would demand that we pay the penalty of our sacrilege. - "The Gods of Mars", Edgar Rice Burroughs.
  2. Lips, too, it might be said, invite kisses; but a lover would consider it sacrilege to touch his idol's lips unchastely. - "Primitive Love and Love-Stories", Henry Theophilus Finck.
  3. I call it not only sacrilege, but stealing. - "A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories", Bret Harte.