Definition of sacred
1a : dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity a tree sacred to the godsb : devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose) a fund sacred to charity
2a : worthy of religious veneration : holyb : entitled to reverence and respect
3 : of or relating to religion : not secular or profane sacred music
4 archaic : accursed
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?
Recent Examples of sacred from the Web
Incensed with India's involvement, China retaliated by closing a nearby mountain pass that Indian pilgrims use to reach Mount Kailash, a sacred Hindu and Buddhist site in Tibet.
In protest, China cut off access to a group of Indian pilgrims who must cross a Chinese pass on their way to Mount Kailash, which is considered sacred by Hindus and Buddhists.
To protect the sanctity of the most sacred coronation ritual, however, Elizabeth is shielded from the cameras by a golden canopy as she is anointed queen.
For today’s Republicans, getting at cross-purposes with the RTL people is worse than violating sacred Senate rules and customs.
Their ranks swelled in late summer after construction crews bulldozed a site sacred to Native Americans.
Quite naturally perhaps, up to this time, the only voices that have been heard are those of the Dakota who are going to dismantle it and perhaps burn it at a sacred site at Fort Snelling.
The building would have stood out because of its round shape among the several dozen other square temples that dominated the Aztecs' most sacred ceremonial space before the 1521 conquest.
Just as meals offer an opportunity to soothe, the room of a dying person is sacred ground.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of sacred for English Language Learners
: worthy of religious worship : very holy
: relating to religion
: highly valued and important : deserving great respect
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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.
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