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

5a : unassailable, inviolable

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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In a three-minute video distributed to employees, Wilkie, 55, emphasized the agency’s sacred mission of caring for those who have fought the nation’s wars. Washington Post, "Former congressman Jeff Miller emerges as a leading contender for Trump’s VA," 3 May 2018 In a three-minute video distributed to employees, Wilkie, 55, emphasized the agency's sacred mission of caring for those who have fought the nation's wars. Emily Wax-thibodeaux And John Wagner, chicagotribune.com, "Former congressman Jeff Miller emerges as a leading contender for Trump's VA," 2 May 2018 The mountains are sacred to the local indigenous people, and cherished by all Colombians, but have been off-limits for decades, known only from photographs due to the dangerous FARC presence there. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Colombia offers unspoiled beauty for tourists after being unreachable for decades (photos)," 13 Feb. 2018 That liturgical influence pervades his beats, which allow artists like Future, Gucci Mane, and Nicki Minaj to seamlessly synthesize the sacred and the profane. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 Choir of Queen’s College, Oxford: A program of sacred choral music in the English tradition. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, April 6-8," 6 Apr. 2018 Bridges instead attended Davidson College and earned a master's degree in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary after deciding music was his calling. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "His church had 15 idle pianos. So he started a music school for poor kids. | Charlotte Observer," 21 Mar. 2018 Gordon writes about sacred art and architecture and is a research fellow at the American Culture and Ideas Initiative at the University of Arizona. Robert E. Gordon, WSJ, "A Multi-Layered Drama," 13 July 2018 Beast Mode 2 is far from divine, but together Zaytoven and Future have made something sacred. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 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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