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

No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince William Might Miss the Birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby," 3 Apr. 2019 No person should ever have to fear attending a sacred place of worship. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Made a Surprise Appearance to Honor New Zealand Survivors," 19 Mar. 2019 Since its beginning in 2014, Cities and Memory has created sound maps focused on protest, sacred places, and photographs. Angela Chen, The Verge, "This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans," 9 Dec. 2018 For the Muslims who use them, these mosques reclaim the sacred and the safe in a time when safety is sorely lacking. Asma Uddin, Teen Vogue, "On Muslim Women's Day, Women-Only Mosques Are About Much More Than Prayer," 27 Mar. 2019 Between honoring our sacred oath or hypocritically, inconsistently breaking this oath. Alan Fram, The Seattle Times, "Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails," 27 Mar. 2019 Millions of people, sitting in their homes on the most sacred of family holidays, joined the Queen in her home for the first time. Katie Frost, Town & Country, "How the Queen's First Televised Christmas Broadcast Changed the Royal Family Forever," 25 Dec. 2018 Since then, the program has been leading trips and helped certify some 50 guides to lead raft trips through the sacred areas. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "The First Licensed Native Guide in the Grand Canyon," 24 May 2018 The left’s most sacred value, diversity, trumps notions of unity, assimilation and order, ultimately leaving society to devolve into a modern-day Tower of Babel. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "The Roots of Political Polarization," 1 Nov. 2018

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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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sacred

adjective

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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