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[22] There is no doubt about his guilt; the question is whether the name given by the law applies to the charge. It is therefore debated whether the act constitutes sacrilege. The accuser employs this term on the ground that the money was stolen from a temple: the accused denies that the act is sacrilege, on the ground that the money stolen was private property, but admits that [p. 97] it is theft. The prosecutor will therefore give the following definitions, “It is sacrilege to steal anything from a sacred place.” The accused will reply with another definition, “It is sacrilege to steal something sacred.” Each impugns the other's definition.

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