- devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
- entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.
- pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane): sacred music; sacred books.
- reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.
- regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.
- secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right: sacred oaths; sacred rights.
- properly immune from violence, interference, etc., as a person or office.
Origin of sacred
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Examples from the Web for sacred
In fact, one the most sacred holiday for Muslims is the sacrifice of Abraham, known as Eid al-Adha.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too
December 23, 2014
There is no middle ground in submitting our sacred rights to the whims of foreign tyrants.The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror
December 19, 2014
One thing I do to respect the people who want to keep hip hop ‘sacred’ is refer to myself as rap-cabaret.From Church of Christ to Pansexual Rapper
November 28, 2014
The Reservation is sovereign Indian land, and the grizzly is a sacred animal to these tribes.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
The land involved is sacred to them and used to gather acorns for religious ceremonies.McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran
November 13, 2014
After they had withdrawn, no other footsteps approached the sacred place.
Maidens of the first families were selected to embroider the sacred peplus.
And the sacred "ordinance," with all other proprieties, was left in ruins that day.
It is only the true lover to whom the breathing form is as sacred as the breathless.
We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can.
- exclusively devoted to a deity or to some religious ceremony or use; holy; consecrated
- worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe, or respect
- protected by superstition or piety from irreligious actions
- connected with or intended for religious usesacred music
- dedicated to; in honour of
Word Origin and History for sacred
late 14c., past participle adjective from obsolete verb sacren "to make holy" (c.1200), from Old French sacrer "consecrate, anoint, dedicate" (12c.) or directly from Latin sacrare "to make sacred, consecrate; hold sacred; immortalize; set apart, dedicate," from sacer (genitive sacri) "sacred, dedicated, holy, accursed," from Old Latin saceres, from PIE root *sak- "to sanctify." Buck groups it with Oscan sakrim, Umbrian sacra and calls it "a distinctive Italic group, without any clear outside connections." Related: Sacredness.
Nasalized form is sancire "make sacred, confirm, ratify, ordain." Sacred cow "object of Hindu veneration," is from 1891; figurative sense of "one who must not be criticized" is first recorded 1910, reflecting Western views of Hinduism. Sacred Heart "the heart of Jesus as an object of religious veneration" is from 1765.