His gesture is so bold it has a whiff of sacrilege, not just of art-world rebellion.
Any sort of violence during the holy month is seen as sacrilege.
And it was sacrilege for his followers to look him in the eye or touch him.
OK, well maybe we do agree with the latter view; that sort of extreme flavoring can veer dangerously close to sacrilege.
He tells The Daily Beast that people thought transplanting organs “was sacrilege.”
From the beginning of history, this attitude had been branded as criminal--worse than crime--sacrilege!
It was sacrilege to think of changing such old, venerable things.
That proves that you appreciate in the fulness of its horror the sacrilege which I cited as an example!
We have treated of sacrilege, and of conspiracy, and of treason.
sacrilege causes no shudder to such natures as Murray Brooks.
c.1300, "crime of stealing what is consecrated to God," from Old French sacrilege (12c.), from Latin sacrilegium "temple robbery, a stealing of sacred things," from sacrilegus "stealer of sacred things," noun use of adjective, from phrase sacrum legere "to steal sacred things," from sacrum "sacred object" (from neuter singular of sacer "sacred;" see sacred) + legere "take, pick up" (see lecture (n.)). Second element is not from religion. Transferred sense of "profanation of anything held sacred" is attested from late 14c.