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sacrilegious(săkˌrə-lĭjˈəs, -lēˈjəs)

(adjective) - grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred

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EXAMPLES - Sacrilegious in a Sentence

  1. "It's kind of sacrilegious," Folse said last week. (source)
  2. The bloggers did not say anything that might have been considered sacrilegious. (source)
  3. Supreme Court case Joseph Burstyn, Inc v. Wilson, involving a "sacrilegious" movie: (source)
  4. But it also means Democrats aren't being any more "sacrilegious" than Republicans are. (source)
  5. Pakistan blocks access to YouTube in growing Internet crackdown over 'sacrilegious' content (source)
  6. Facebook 'and burnt U.S. flags, venting growing anger over "sacrilegious" caricatures of the (source)
  7. Wilson decision, the US Supreme Court overturned laws banning "sacrilegious" content in films. (source)
  8. He started through them with the intention of hiding the sexual, the sacrilegious, the profane. (source)
  9. Plus, Cameron probably wanted to appease some of the Christians opposing this movie as sacrilegious. (source)
  10. Grumbling about losing these awards is borderline sacrilegious -- weren't you happy just to be nominated? (source)
  11. It is even this kind of sacrilegious performance that I am told thy nephew Don Jose expounds and defends. " (source)
  12. I'm from Brooklyn though, so back then it was kind of sacrilegious to laugh out loud at this, but now I'm LMAO! (source)
  13. HM: Setara was no Beyonce, but to Afghans she was dancing in public, and some people consider that sacrilegious. (source)
  14. Mr Hammer's plan for the Grade I listed building looked set to fail after campaigners called it "sacrilegious" and (source)
  15. They cited the 'obscene' and 'sacrilegious' materials available on these portals as the reason behind their banning. (source)
  16. Some people may find it sacrilegious to depict Jesus and His disciples in a drum circle, protesting the 1% of their time. (source)
  17. "Ozzy especially had some real staunch fans, and for someone else to come into Sabbath, God, that was sacrilegious," he said. (source)
  18. If Senators like DeMint find working around Christmas "sacrilegious," they should stop obstructing the Senate's business so they can all go home. (source)
  19. Hundreds of people have gone out in the streets in Pakistan's major cities in support of the government's crackdown on 'sacrilegious' Internet content. (source)
  20. Ecclesiastico_ for the arraignment of religious offenders, and this was one of the first privileges against which Massimo d'Azeglio lifted his 'sacrilegious' hand. (source)
  21. Still, there is a kind of sacrilegious confidence in prayer that always offended some delicacy in me, and William felt it too, only he never learned how to condemn it. (source)
  22. When the ceremony was finally over and panicked people were trying to get the victims out, Ray called attempts to remove blankets from the lodge's walls "sacrilegious". (source)
  23. Amritsar, April 26: A youth on Sunday entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Golden Temple and allegedly committed "sacrilegious" act, triggering tension in the holy complex. (source)
  24. But in Afghanistan, where music was banned for five years by the Taliban and was considered sacrilegious by the Mujahideen, you can risk your life dancing and singing in public. (source)
  25. So it is deeply offensive to me and millions of working Americans across this country for any senator to suggest that working through the Christmas holiday is somehow 'sacrilegious' or (source)
  26. They likewise sent forth secret agents to alarm the people by threats of the divine vengeance if they did not insist on the execution of Jesus, whom they termed a sacrilegious blasphemer. (source)
  27. Revolution Muslim specifically denounces the "sacrilegious" treatment of the prophet and its "mocking" of the Islamic prohibition against showing his face by using the bear-suit "loophole." (source)
  28. A correction note is called for for those Jewish and knowledgeable gentile readers who would be shocked had an actual Torah been stored and handled in such as sacrilegious manner as you depict. (source)
  29. The behemoth beermaker has become so enmeshed in the economy and culture of the city that lawyer Tom Schlafly might have felt it almost sacrilegious to open a microbrewery/restaurant there in 1991. (source)
  30. The Pennys skipped the spellers' annual picnic Memorial Day to go into the capital, where Veronica met "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and stumped him with the spelling of the word "sacrilegious." (source)
  31. As a final salvo he claimed that it was because of this sacrilegious longing for furs, and the pernicious role of Russia in providing them, "that the deadly sin of luxurious pride" had enveloped the West. (source)
  32. Pakistan last week restored access to YouTube - which together with Facebook accounts for up to 25 per cent of Internet traffic in Pakistan - but 1,200 web pages of "sacrilegious" content have been blocked. (source)
  33. I appreciate that others may find sacrilegious what I find to be sacred, but how different is that from those early rabbis who were busy creating Judaism 65 years after the collapse of the Temple in Jerusalem? (source)
  34. Sen. Jim DeMint R-S.C. called Democrats' push to force through an arms control treaty and an omnibus spending bill right before Christmas "sacrilegious," and warned he'd draw the process out to wage his objections. (source)
  35. WANG: I hope I'm not being sacrilegious in suggesting that, just as with secular pop music, gospel loves a good hook, a point made amply clear on both "Fire in My Bones" and the another new anthology, "Born Again Funk." (source)
  36. CNS contacted incoming House GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor for their thoughts on the exhibit -- smelling culture war blood, Boehner and Cantor embraced the crusade against "sacrilegious" art in the Smithsonian. (source)
  37. Yes, the sacrilegious rhetoric invigorates faltering political campaigns by drawing the attention of media, but the destruction of relationships and families that love unconditionally is a terrible price to pay for swollen egos. (source)
  38. But I will say this - although it has become 'sacrilegious' to speak in terms of black and white among some people, this is one of the times when it couldn't be clearer: The Israelis are the good guys and the members of Hamas are the bad guys. (source)
  39. Not just because she was majestic, not just because she was endangered, but also because I felt there was something fundamentally wrong -- sacrilegious and obscene, even -- in her mundane and prolonged accessibility to humans in the first place. (source)
  40. On one kiosk in the physical show a brief view of a crucifix covered with ants by Wojnarowicz was called sacrilegious by Republican leaders on Capitol Hill, and others, and the Portrait Gallery decided it was too much of a distraction to the overall themes of the show. (source)
  41. Taliban officials know it's sacrilegious to hope a mosque will not be built, but that's exactly what they're wishing for: the success of the fiery campaign to block the proposed Islamic cultural center and prayer room near the site of the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan. (source)
  42. If building a house of worship two blocks away from where the worst terrorist attacks on American soil killed over three thousands innocent souls is sacrilegious then why has making money off the memory of this tragedy by souvenir and tourist gawking not evoked any similar protest? (source)
  43. After that they spoke no more of the matter; but Ann Eliza now understood that the little black bag about her sister's neck, which she had innocently taken for a memento of Ramy, was some kind of sacrilegious amulet, and her fingers shrank from its contact when she bathed and dressed Evelina. (source)
  44. Vinicius distended his nostrils, through which entered the odor of violets, which filled the whole chamber, and he grew pale; for he thought that if he could have passed his lips along Lygia's shoulders in that way, it would have been a kind of sacrilegious delight so great that let the world vanish afterward! (source)
  45. The commonwealthsmen were dissatisfied, of course, with the principle of the measure: the favourers of hereditary right held it in abhorrence, and considered it as a kind of sacrilegious profanation; nor even among those who considered monarchy in a more rational light, and as a magistracy instituted for the good of the people, could it be at all agreeable that such a magistrate should be elected by the army that had thronged to his standard, or by the particular partiality of a provincial town. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "sacrilegious" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 21 synonyms for sacrilegious.

atheistic, blasphemous, desecrating, dirty, filthy, foul, godless, heathen, impious, indecent, infidel, irreligious, irreverent, irreverential, obscene, pagan, sinful, ungodly, unhallowed, unholy, violating


We have 5 antonyms for sacrilegious.

clean, decent, moral, pure, upright


Pronunciation: (săkˌrə-lĭjˈəs, -lēˈjəs)

Syllabification: ri-le-gious


View up to 25 definitions of sacrilegious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (adjective) Grossly irreverent toward what is or is held to be sacred.
  2. (adjective) Having committed sacrilege.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (adjective) Committing sacrilege; acting or speaking very disrespectfully toward what is held to be sacred.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (adjective) Violating sacred things; polluted with sacrilege; involving sacrilege; profane; impious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Guilty of or involving sacrilege; profane; impious: as, sacrilegious acts; sacrilegious hands.
  2. (None) Synonyms See profanation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (adjective) grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred