sacrilegiousness

sacrilegious

[sak-ruh-lij-uhs, -lee-juhs]
adjective
1.
pertaining to or involving sacrilege: sacrilegious practices.
2.
guilty of sacrilege: a sacrilegious person.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English sacrilegiose; see sacrilege, -ous

sacrilegiously, adverb
sacrilegiousness, noun
nonsacrilegious, adjective
nonsacrilegiously, adverb
nonsacrilegiousness, noun
pseudosacrilegious, adjective
pseudosacrilegiously, adverb
unsacrilegious, adjective
unsacrilegiously, adverb
unsacrilegiousness, noun

1. irreligious, sacrilegious, unreligious ; 2. religious, sacrilegious, sacrosanct.


The almost universal pronunciation of sacrilegious as [sak-ruh-lij-uhs] is the result of folk etymology—modifying the pronunciation of an unfamiliar word so that it conforms to a more familiar one—in this case religious. Etymologically, sacrilegious has no direct relationship to religious. The historical pronunciation [sak-ruh-lee-juhs] occurs in American English, though not in British English, and criticism of the newer pronunciation has almost disappeared.
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sacrilegious (ˌsækrɪˈlɪdʒəs)
 
adj
1.  of, relating to, or involving sacrilege; impious
2.  guilty of sacrilege
 
sacri'legiously
 
adv
 
sacri'legiousness
 
n

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sacrilegious
1580s, from L. sacrilegiosum, from L. sacrilegium (see sacrilege).
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