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 Community, launched in 2019, wants to bring musicians one step closer, by way of the most sacred and intimate platform on fans’ phones — their texts. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 15 June 2021 The area is one of the most sensitive parts of east Jerusalem, which is home to sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims and which Israel captured in 1967 and annexed in a move not recognized internationally. Josef Federman, ajc, 7 June 2021 Big Momma’s house holds a sacred and central place in African American culture and Collins gives the world a glimpse of it here. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 31 May 2021 It’s the kind of place where every sip and bite feels both sacred and comforting. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 26 May 2021 Like how his work designing the restaurant Nobu Downtown found creative ways around architectural restrictions or how the Spanish Steps in Rome are designed to pull the eye toward the sacred. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 Are these tales of witches, werewolves, demons, spirits, shape-shifters, and saving miracles really stories of the supernatural and the sacred? Rachel Polonsky, The New York Review of Books, 11 May 2021 But the holy site — the most sacred in Judaism and, as home to al-Aqsa Mosque, one of the holiest in Islam — is the focus of both the holy fasting month of Ramadan and Jerusalem Day. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Many Plains tribes consider bald and golden eagles sacred. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Sacred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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