Sacrilegium sentence example
- sacrilegium, which originally meant merely the theft of sacred things, although already in Cicero's time it had grown to include in popular speech any insult or injury to them.
- Sacrilegium was narrowly construed as the theft of sacred things from a sacred place.
- According to Ulpian the punishment for sacrilegium varied according to the position and standing of the culprit and the circumstances under which the crime was committed.
- During classical times the law kept to the narrow meaning of sacrilegium, but in popular usage it had grown to mean about the same as the English word.
- In Ambrose, Augustine and Leo I., sacrilegium means sacrilege.Advertisement
- Mommsen was of the opinion that sacrilegium had no settled meaning in the laws of the 4th century.
- A somewhat distorted, but well-substantiated use of the word sacrilegium in medieval Latin was its application to the fine paid by one guilty of sacrilege to the bishop.