- 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 sacredly
These guaranties must be sacredly preserved and wisely strengthened.
Their permanence is sacredly respected, and his faith therein is perfect.Nature
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Of course he knew; but it was a thing to be sacredly guarded.Marion's Faith.
That's all, except just a word or two that I keep too sacredly to tell even you.A Soldier of the Legion
C. N. Williamson
Believe in it, seek for it, and when it comes keep it as sacredly as love.'Moods
Louisa May Alcott
- 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 sacredly
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.