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sacrilege

noun [S or U]     /ˈsæk.rɪ.lɪdʒ/
(an act of) treating something holy or important without respect: [+ to infinitive] Muslims consider it sacrilege to wear shoes inside a mosque. It would be a sacrilege to put a neon sign on that beautiful old building.Profanity sacrilegious     /ˌsæk.rɪˈlɪdʒ.əs/ adjective sacrilegious practices/actsProfanity sacrilegiously     /-li/ adverb Holiness
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