sacred

adjective
sa·​cred | \ ˈsā-krəd \

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

These symbols of creation have, of course, been sacred for centuries. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 Those issues are sacred ground and will not be retread nor recreated nor reproduced nor rebooted. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "HBO picks up Watchmen live-action TV series, will debut in 2019," 17 Aug. 2018 The light from above gave the galleries a feeling that was almost sacred. William Middleton, Town & Country, "How the De Menil Family Raised Good Taste to an Art Form," 7 Mar. 2018 The Jewish wedding ceremony is really the combining of two souls—that is something that is very special and sacred. Anonymous, Glamour, "What I Wore to Get Divorced," 29 Nov. 2018 The sacred and profane collide on a regular basis in this violent, cartoony adaptation of comics created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon in 1995. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018 In addition to the fun, Gay Days carries the sacred duty of selecting a new Miss Gay Days. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Gay Days: Plenty of ways to celebrate," 29 May 2018 Even in 2018, Halloween can still be a way of encountering the sacred. Regina Hansen, WSJ, "The Multicultural Past of Our Commercial Halloween," 26 Oct. 2018 Suspected al-Qaeda militants had bombed the golden-domed al-Askari mosque sacred to Shiites, sparking a years-long sectarian conflict throughout the country. Washington Post, "Public enemy or savior? An Iraqi city could reveal the true Moqtada al-Sadr," 4 July 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 \

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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