Defilement – this legal term finds application in the area of Canon Law It details the act of desecration, pollution. In other words – treating or using something that is sacred with irreverence. For example, within the sphere of Criminal Law in many legal systems, this term details a robbery of sacred items in a church. Icons, crucifixions etc. are such sacred items.

Defilement could have also the meaning of entering into the unworthy or improper usage of something. Synonyms are blasphemy, desecration, impiety, profanation, and sacrilege.

See also “Blasphemy”

See also “Sacrilege”

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