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Derived from sacrilegus (sacrilegious) +‎ -ium (nominalizing suffix).



sacrilegium n (genitive sacrilegiī); second declension

  1. The robbing of a temple, stealing of sacred objects, sacrilege.
  2. Violation of sacred things, profanation, sacrilege.


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative sacrilegium sacrilegia
genitive sacrilegiī sacrilegiōrum
dative sacrilegiō sacrilegiīs
accusative sacrilegium sacrilegia
ablative sacrilegiō sacrilegiīs
vocative sacrilegium sacrilegia

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  • sacrilegium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sacrilegium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “sacrilegium”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • sacrilegium in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • sacrilegium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sacrilegium in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin