Sacrilege Sac"ri*lege, n. [F. sacril[`e]ge, L. sacrilegium, from sacrilegus that steals, properly, gathers or picks up, sacred things; sacer sacred + legere to gather, pick up. See {Sacred}, and {Legend}.] The sin or crime of violating or profaning sacred things; the alienating to laymen, or to common purposes, what has been appropriated or consecrated to religious persons or uses. [1913 Webster]

And the hid treasures in her sacred tomb With sacrilege to dig. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Families raised upon the ruins of churches, and enriched with the spoils of sacrilege. --South. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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