sacrilege Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"sacrilege" in British English

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sacrilegenoun [S or U]

uk   us   /ˈsæk.rɪ.lɪdʒ/
(an ​act of) ​treating something ​holy or ​important without ​respect: [+ to infinitive] Muslims ​consider it sacrilege towearshoes inside a ​mosque. It would be a sacrilege to put a ​neonsign on that ​beautifuloldbuilding.
sacrilegious
adjective uk   us   /ˌsæk.rɪˈlɪdʒ.əs/
sacrilegious ​practices/​acts
sacrilegiously
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of sacrilege from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sacrilegenoun [C/U]

 us   /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
adjective  us   /ˌsæk·rəˈlɪdʒ·əs/
He ​considered the ​artwork to be sacrilegious.
(Definition of sacrilege from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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