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Definition of "sacrilegious" [sac•ri•le•gious]

  • Grossly irreverent toward what is or is held to be sacred. (adjective)
  • Having committed sacrilege. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sacrilegious" in a sentence
  • "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.""
  • "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."
  • "Gallery protests Smithsonian's removal of video some call sacrilegious, anti-Christian"