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 : 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?
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 century
SACRED Defined for English Language Learners
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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