Sacrilege

Sac"ri*lege

(?), n. [F. sacrilge, L. sacrilegium, from sacrilegus that steals, properly, gathers or picks up, sacred things; sacer sacred + legere to gather, pick up. See Sacred, and Legend.] The sin or crime of violating or profaning sacred things; the alienating to laymen, or to common purposes, what has been appropriated or consecrated to religious persons or uses.
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And the hid treasures in her sacred tomb
With sacrilege to dig.
Spenser.
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Families raised upon the ruins of churches, and enriched with the spoils of sacrilege.
South.
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