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 But even still, something about seeing the three main women together, drinking cocktails on their sacred Margarita Night, reminded me of Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's Sweet Magnolias Is Like if Sex and the City Were a Hallmark Movie," 19 May 2020 Someone fluent in the language texted him recently to seek advice about the proper words to be used in a sacred annual ceremony, without which the world will end. The Economist, "Spokane spoken here How the pandemic threatens Native Americans—and their languages," 19 May 2020 Whether our feelings are delusions or the sacred location where truth resides is a question that runs throughout these novels. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "The Unsuitable Passions of J.M. Coetzee," 18 May 2020 Rather than individuals being regarded as numbers, as is the practice of states and bureaucracies (a census is conducted during The Schooldays of Jesus), numbers are regarded as individuals, unique and sacred beings. William Deresiewicz, The Atlantic, "The Special Child," 17 May 2020 Remind your mother that your children’s welfare is your sacred responsibility. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Parent balks at grandma’s request for kids to visit during coronavirus," 14 May 2020 The Deputies in this case betrayed that sacred trust. Jason Duaine Hahn,, "Vanessa Bryant Files Legal Claim Surrounding Release of Graphic Photos of Kobe's Helicopter Crash Scene," 8 May 2020 Since Modi’s rise to power, vigilante mobs across the country have attacked Muslims and lower-caste Hindus transporting cattle, especially cows -- which many devout Hindus consider sacred. Washington Post, "Why India’s Students Are Angry and Its Muslims Are Worried," 18 Dec. 2019 Vigilante mobs have attacked people transporting cows, which many devout Hindus consider sacred, disrupting the meat export industry. Archana Chaudhary,, "Why Hindu Nationalism Keeps Gaining Ground in India," 16 Dec. 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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26 May 2020

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“Sacred.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 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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