Meaning of “sacrilege” in the English Dictionary

"sacrilege" in British English

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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.
adjective uk /ˌsæk.rɪˈlɪdʒ.əs/ us /ˌsæk.rəˈlɪdʒ.əs/

sacrilegious practices/acts
adverb uk /ˌsæk.rɪˈlɪdʒ.ə us /ˌsæk.rəˈlɪdʒ.ə

(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.
adjective us /ˌsæk·rəˈlɪdʒ·əs/

He considered the artwork to be sacrilegious.

(Definition of “sacrilege” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)