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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On your return to the city’s center, take two detours, one sacred, the other blessedly profane. Michael J. Bailey, BostonGlobe.com, "In Milan, a low-tech saunter through a mecca of high fashion," 18 June 2019 Coca was once also considered sacred by certain Colombian indigenous tribes. The Economist, "Indigenous Colombians fear losing their hallucinogenic brews," 14 June 2019 Hindus consider cows sacred and Muslims do not eat pigs. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: Bombay Darbar brings some new flavor (Indian) to Las Olas," 13 June 2019 The cow is considered sacred in Hinduism, which is why the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh—the BJP’s ideological mothership—condemns beef eating. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Hackers target BJP website, embed beef recipes during Modi’s swearing-in," 30 May 2019 Like Borat, the online world is profane and disorderly and constantly agitated; the wife, on the other hand, is imagined as sacred, eternal, controlled. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Please, My Wife, She’s Very Online," 5 June 2019 Religious tradition, for instance, can do all three — its piety cultivates a sense of duty toward the sacred and also drives people to commit acts of atrocity. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Seeking a Way Out of Our Modern Malaise," 4 June 2019 BeBe Winans, a member of the famed family of Detroit gospel singers, said in an interview Thursday that Ms. Franklin’s roots in sacred music could be heard in her vocals, no matter the genre. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "‘The Whole World Will Miss Her’: Celebrities, Fans Mourn Aretha Franklin," 16 Aug. 2018 The ritual of viewing cherry blossoms dates back to the 700s in Japan, when the trees were considered sacred and connected to specific religious beliefs, per PBS. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019

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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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