sacred

adjective
sa·​cred | \ ˈsā-krəd How to pronounce sacred (audio) \

Definition of sacred

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
2a : 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

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Other Words from sacred

sacredly adverb
sacredness noun

Examples of sacred in a Sentence

The burial site is sacred ground. the sacred image of the Virgin Mary the sacred pursuit of liberty We have a sacred duty to find out the truth. Freedom is a sacred right. They'll make jokes about anything. Nothing is sacred to those guys. I can't believe they would do that. Is nothing sacred?
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Recent Examples on the Web Mr Johnson also fails the Black Lives Matter test that is now sacred to the Democratic left. The Economist, "What Joe Biden means for Boris Johnson," 24 Oct. 2020 Is nothing, not even the quest for a pumpkin patch sincere enough to draw the Great Pumpkin to its leafy environs, sacred. Julie Hinds Detroit, chicagotribune.com, "‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ won’t air on CBS this year, moves to AppleTV+," 21 Oct. 2020 Is nothing, not even the quest for a pumpkin patch sincere enough to draw the Great Pumpkin to its leafy environs, sacred. al, "Good grief! ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’ moving to AppleTV+," 21 Oct. 2020 Is nothing, not even the quest for a pumpkin patch sincere enough to draw the Great Pumpkin to its leafy environs, sacred. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown' won't air on ABC this year, moves to AppleTV+," 20 Oct. 2020 The springs in southwestern Arizona are sacred to the Tohono O'odham and Hia-Ced O'odham, Indigenous people who lived in the area as recently as three generations ago. Daniel Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, "Tear gas, rubber bullets, 12 arrests: Indigenous Peoples Day anti-border wall blockade," 14 Oct. 2020 Halloween rituals are sacred to them, no matter what’s going on in the world. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Driveway movies and sanitized treats: Families prep for COVID-19 Halloween," 8 Oct. 2020 But the company faced pushback from local residents and tribal nations in the area, who said that the land was sacred to them. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mineral exploration abandoned at site near headwaters of the Wolf River," 30 Sep. 2020 Wednesday nights are sacred and all facets of Survivor are still incredibly important. Dalton Ross, EW.com, "Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Tyler Fredrickson on that time Jeff Probst bowed down to a jury," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of sacred

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of sacred was in the 14th century

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sacred.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sacred. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sacred

sacred

adjective
How to pronounce sacred (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sacred

: worthy of religious worship : very holy
: relating to religion
: highly valued and important : deserving great respect

sacred

adjective
sa·​cred | \ ˈsā-krəd How to pronounce sacred (audio) \

Kids Definition of sacred

1 : holy sense 1 a sacred shrine
2 : religious sense 2 sacred songs
3 : deserving to be respected and honored Freedom is a sacred right.

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