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sacrilege

the offence of breaking into a place of divine worship.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

SACRILEGE. The act of stealing from the temples or churches dedicated to the worship of God, articles consecrated to divine uses. Pen. Code of China, B. 1, s. 2, Sec. 6; Ayl. Par. 476.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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When he popped over to our table to introduce himself - not because we're special but because, sacrilegiously, we were one of only three tables that night - I couldn't resist asking whether he uses monosodium glutamate in his cooking.
I do not think it is wrong to express the hope that the perpetrators of this outrage will be brought to justice, including those who might be involved in receiving and handling such sacrilegiously stolen metal.
(2) Whether a priest who superstitiously and sacrilegiously re-baptizes people believing that such a practice has medicinal powers is to be considered a heretic or punished simply as practicing sortilege.
Grinding through the first few pages of Genesis, you may even find yourself sacrilegiously wishing the narrative would just beget on with it.
Thomas Carlyle tried to reconnect England with its heroes and its origins by arguing in On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (1841) and in Past and Present (1843) that the only way to proceed into the future was by correctly understanding the past; as he puts it in Past and Present, the greatest threat to Victorian England was that the past was "sacrilegiously mishandled; effaced, and what is worse, defaced!" (239).
Oh, and hang around for the end credits before you start grouching that they sacrilegiously left out Zebedee's classic 'time for bed' sign-off!
Once again, the experience of the French Revolution informs Rosmini's thinking: Commenting on the Napoleonic code, he complains that Human law attempts sacrilegiously to usurp the law of nature and of God to which it dares to say: "Depart from the face of the earth.
Another text states that in the presence of some citizens and the entire assembly of Uruk a temple slave "most sacrilegiously entered (into the presence) of the gods of Esagil and Ezida of Babylon and Borsippa" (pp.
John getting almost sacrilegiously hot `n' bothered when the frustrated Salome presses some heavy petting on him.
Who can forget that day in 1995, when in rugby world cup finals between South Africa and New Zealand, Nelson Mandela sacrilegiously wore the captain's jersey in the contested, if not hated, colours of the all-white South African rugby team--and to do that at a time when the country was engaged in heated and intense debate about what to do with dubious national symbols inherited from the apartheid regime?
Hyacinth Leviticus Nwankwo sacrilegiously extracts confessions with Christian language as he tortures, another official, Hassan, cuts the throat of a deceased prisoner to be doubly sure his victim is really dead!