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sacrilegenoun [S or U]

uk   /ˈsæk.rɪ.lɪdʒ/  us   /ˈsæk.rə.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.
sacrilegious
adjective uk   /ˌsæk.rɪˈlɪdʒ.əs/  us   /ˌsæk.rəˈlɪdʒ.əs/
sacrilegious practices/acts
sacrilegiously
adverb uk   /ˌsæk.rɪˈlɪdʒ.əs.li/  us   /ˌsæk.rəˈlɪdʒ.əs.li/
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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.
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