sacrilege

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See also: sacrilège

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Circa 1300, original sense “stealing something sacred”. From Old French sacrilege, from Latin sacrilegium, from sacrilegus (sacrilegious), from phrase sacrum legere, from sacrum (from sacer (sacred, holy)) + legō (gather; take, steal), from Proto-Indo-European *sak- and Proto-Indo-European *leǵ-. Sense of “profanation” from late 14th century.[1]

Unrelated to religion, which is ultimately from ligō (I tie, bind, or bandage), from Proto-Indo-European *leygʰ- (to bind).

Noun[edit]

sacrilege (plural sacrileges)

  1. Desecration, profanation, misuse or violation of something regarded as sacred.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ sacrilege” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sacrilegus (sacrilegious), from sacer (sacred, holy) + legō (gather; take, steal).

Adverb[edit]

sacrilegē (not comparable)

  1. sacrilegiously, impiously

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First attested at the end of the 12th century, borrowing from Latin sacrilegium[1].

Noun[edit]

sacrilege m (oblique plural sacrileges, nominative singular sacrileges, nominative plural sacrilege)

  1. sacrilege

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "sacrilège" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).