sacred

adjective sa·cred \ ˈsā-krəd \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of sacred

1 a : 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 a : worthy of religious veneration : holy
b : entitled to reverence and respect
3 : of or relating to religion : not secular or profane
  • sacred music
4 archaic : accursed
b : 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?

Recent Examples of sacred from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sacred.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology 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

Other Christian Religious Terms


SACRED Defined for English Language Learners

sacred

adjective

Definition of sacred for English Language Learners

  • : worthy of religious worship : very holy

  • : relating to religion

  • : highly valued and important : deserving great respect


SACRED Defined for Kids

sacred

adjective sa·cred \ ˈsā-krəd \

Definition of sacred for Students

1 : holy 1
  • a sacred shrine
2 : religious 2
  • sacred songs
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.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sacred? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!