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 Barbat cites the glass pyramid at the Louvre, designed by I.M. Pei as a modernist intervention at the heart of one of the city’s sacred cultural spaces, as an example of the latter. Washington Post, "The battle for Notre Dame," 16 Jan. 2020 These buildings’ structure and ornamentation reflected an idea of Roman monumentality, but these new sacred spaces were Christian, reflecting the spread of this faith across Europe. Inés Monteira, National Geographic, "Majestic medieval churches ascended along Christian pilgrims' paths," 17 Dec. 2019 Members of two churches in Hardin County, Kentucky, arrived at their houses of worship Sunday morning only to find their sacred spaces had been broken into and vandalized. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'We just cried': 2 Kentucky churches on same street were vandalized and looted, leaders say," 11 Dec. 2019 However, sacred community spaces such as these have not been reimagined, redeveloped or revitalized in years. Anna Beahm |, al, "West Birmingham residents want Legion Field to be redeveloped, report says," 19 Nov. 2019 In introducing new music Friday night at the Pico Union Project, conductor Christopher Rountree told the audience that this concert had turned out to be a secular program played in a sacred space while Los Angeles burns. Los Angeles Times, "Review: LACO’s ‘Session’ for the young and hip is a risk, sure. But risk has its rewards," 14 Oct. 2019 The idea is to have a sacred space for you and your besties, without all the clutter and notifications of Instagram proper. Wired, "Instagram’s New App, Whistle-Blower Protocol, and More News," 3 Oct. 2019 The interior of the sacred space, which is located in west-central Thailand, calls to mind a house of mirrors like the ones typically found inside a fun house. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Six of Thailand’s Most Magnificent Temples," 2 Aug. 2019 One fan group advertised a camping tour of sacred Scandinavian space said to be home to the mythical Hyperborea giants and Aryans, for example. La'nita Johnson, Quartz, "The far right is really good at tricking you into giving it free advertising," 30 July 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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The first known use of sacred was in the 14th century

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21 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sacred.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce sacred (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sacred

: worthy of religious worship : very holy
: relating to religion
: highly valued and important : deserving great respect


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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