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adjective sa·cred \ˈsā-krəd\

Simple Definition of sacred

  • : worthy of religious worship : very holy

  • : relating to religion

  • : highly valued and important : deserving great respect

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sacred

  1. 1a :  dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity <a tree sacred to the gods>b :  devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose) <a fund sacred to charity>

  2. 2a :  worthy of religious veneration :  holyb :  entitled to reverence and respect

  3. 3 :  of or relating to religion :  not secular or profane <sacred music>

  4. 4 archaic :  accursed

  5. 5a :  unassailable, inviolableb :  highly valued and important <a sacred responsibility>

sacredly adverb
sacredness noun

Examples of sacred in a sentence

  1. The burial site is sacred ground.

  2. the sacred image of the Virgin Mary

  3. the sacred pursuit of liberty

  4. We have a sacred duty to find out the truth.

  5. Freedom is a sacred right.

  6. They'll make jokes about anything. Nothing is sacred to those guys.

  7. I can't believe they would do that. Is nothing sacred?

Origin of sacred

Middle English, from past participle of sacren to consecrate, from Anglo-French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacr-, sacer sacred; akin to Latin sancire to make sacred, Hittite šaklāi- rite

First Known Use: 14th century

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SACRED Defined for Kids


adjective sa·cred \ˈsā-krəd\

Definition of sacred for Students

  1. 1 :  holy 1 <a sacred shrine>

  2. 2 :  religious 2 <sacred songs>

  3. 3 :  deserving to be respected and honored <Freedom is a sacred right.>

Word Root of sacred

The Latin word sacer, meaning “holy,” and the related word sānctus, also meaning “holy,” give us the roots sacr and sanct. Words from the Latin sacer or sānctus have something to do with holiness. A sanctuary is a holy place. Anything sacred is holy. To sacrifice is to dedicate as a holy offering to a god.

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