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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web The proceeds will be spent on a program to rejuvenate the Ganges river, sacred to many of India’s devout Hindus, by curbing pollution and improving its fragile ecosystem. Bibhudatta Pradhan, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2022 Nature remains sacred in Islam, Hinduism, Daoism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Dominic Green, WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 Today, Thiam is synonymous with fonio, a grain so ancient and sacred that it is said Egyptian Pharaohs were buried with portions for their meals in the afterlife. Meron Demisse, Quartz, 14 Sep. 2022 The entire area within the proposal is considered sacred by more than a dozen tribes, and the eastern face of the mountain in 1999 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its religious and cultural importance. Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2022 LaBeouf isn’t the only actor to step into the realm of the sacred for a role. Edward Segarra, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2022 This breezy blend of the sacred and the profane has come to define both Anhedönia’s music and her razor-sharp eye for fashion. Liam Hess, Vogue, 23 Aug. 2022 There can be no separation of the secular and the sacred. Harrison Smith,, 17 Aug. 2022 The festival easily filled an hourlong program of mostly contemporary cornerstones, from sacred to secular and all the sort-ofs in between, with guests keyboardist Stephen Alltop and musicians from the festival orchestra. Hannah Edgar, Chicago Tribune, 5 Aug. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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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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