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English definition of “sacrilege”

sacrilege

noun [C/U]    /ˈsæk·rə·lɪdʒ/
the failure to treat something holy with the respect it should have, or an example of this: [U] Many thought it was sacrilege to move the bones to another place . sacrilegious    /ˌsæk·rəˈlɪdʒ·əs/ adjective He considered the artwork to be sacrilegious.
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