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sacrilege


They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
  disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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sacrilege sacrilegious
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In some countries, sacrilege is illegal. Note that verbal disrespect of something others consider important or sacred is called blasphemy.
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  • They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
  • What is considered freedom of expression in the United States can be illegal in parts of Europe or sacrilege in the Middle East.
  • things which it would be sacrilege to disturb, such as tombs.
    Homer  --  Collection Of Hesiod, Homer and Homerica
  • I have felt it to be a sacrilege to divert a brain which is capable of the highest original research to any lesser object.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World

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  • Sally said I was a sacrilegious atheist.
    J.D. Salinger  --  The Catcher in the Rye
  • According to all Janie had been taught this was sacrilege so she sat without speaking at all.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Most sacrilegious murder hath broke ope
    The Lord’s anointed temple, and stole thence
    The life o’ the building.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • It would be sacrilege to try to.
    William Faulkner  --  As I Lay Dying
  • Malachy, fresh from the speakeasy himself, felt insulted and wanted to argue with the priest, one sacrilege on top of another.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • Don’t be sacrilegious.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms

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  • I know you wouldn’t consider anything so sacrilegious.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • We let in only those we knew had come to the table for salvation, not sacrilege.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Don’t talk sacrilege.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • Sacrilege and lies!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • It’s practically sacrilegious, even if the gadgets are just deadweight now.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • "That sounds a little sacrilegious," he warned.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • That looks sacrilegious to me.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Another shock pulses through me: Defacing or destroying The Book of Shhh is sacrilege.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • Here in Viola’s house, it seemed sacrilegious to stare at old photographs of nameless blacks, many of whom had died years before.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • And if He has turned His back on me, then I hate Him so that to show and prove my hatred I would commit the greatest sacrilege I could think of.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Just saying those thoughts out loud would be labeled as sacrilege by my father.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • It waskojr, sacrilege, to think these thoughts.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • It would be sacrilege to go skiing on high art!
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • I remember: a sacrilegious church or some such object that gave the Bible brigade a howling spree.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • To the teachers this idea was sacrilege—it is not for just anyone to choose who can and cannot become a Shadowhunter.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Where were these disgusting, sacrilegious recipes coming from?
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I said I looked upon it as a sacrilegious profanation to reward treachery, perhaps crime.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Our dead fathers are weeping because of the shameful sacrilege they are suffering and the abomination we have all seen with our eyes.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • You talk as though my marrying Mr de Winter was a crime, a sacrilege against the dead.
    Daphne du Maurier  --  Rebecca
  • Zeena paused with a gasp, as if terrified by her own evocation of the sacrilege.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • This rag of scarlet cloth—for time, and wear, and a sacrilegious moth had reduced it to little other than a rag—on careful examination, assumed the shape of a letter.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • ’And anything worth dying for,’ answered the sacrilegious old man, ’is certainly worth living for.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It is sacrilege to struggle against so many things, my Lord.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It appeared to me sacrilege so soon to leave the repose, akin to death, of the house of mourning and to rush into the thick of life.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • It might be sacrilegious.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • His work was not religious, it was sacrilegious!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • A secular Jewish state in my father’s eyes is a sacrilege, a violation of the Torah.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • For there is a tower there seventy-five feet high, filled with ashes, and there they push a man guilty of sacrilege or notorious for other crimes to destruction.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • For a moment the khaki mob was silent, petrified, at the spectacle of this wanton sacrilege, with amazement and horror.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The idea of completed man is the supreme vanity: the finished image is a sacrilegious myth.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • She would have thought it rather sacrilegious to leave it off—as bad as forgetting her Bible or her collection dime.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Not only was such an act sacrilegious in its nature, but it was fraught with peril.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • But when she saw that Pierre’s sacrilegious words had not exasperated the vicomte, and had convinced herself that it was impossible to stop him, she rallied her forces and joined the vicomte in a vigorous attack on the orator.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The priests took their places in front of the judge, and the clerk proceeded to read in a loud voice a complaint of sacrilege against Phileas Fogg and his servant, who were accused of having violated a place held consecrated by the Brahmin religion.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • Meantime, Gabriel, ascending to the main-royal mast-head, was tossing one arm in frantic gestures, and hurling forth prophecies of speedy doom to the sacrilegious assailants of his divinity.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • They have no outlets now except themselves, and that’s a sacrilege.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • - As such I have vowed never to return home and be art of p that sacrilege.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • To see a woman of the town spit in the mayor’s face was a thing so monstrous that, in his most daring flights of fancy, he would have regarded it as a sacrilege to believe it possible.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The remnant of violence, the emotion rising as a thin trembling within her, was not for the man she was going to see; it was a cry of protest against a sacrilege-against the destruction of what had been greatness.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The sea gulls in their nests awoke and looked round in astonishment; a distant and solitary owl set up a midnight hoot, the tall cliffs frowned down majestically at the strange, unheard-of sacrilege.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
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