sacred

[sey-krid]

adjective


Origin of sacred

1275–1325; Middle English, orig. past participle of sacren to consecrate < Latin sacrāre to devote, derivative of sacer holy; see -ed2
Related formssa·cred·ly, adverbsa·cred·ness, nounnon·sa·cred, adjectivenon·sa·cred·ly, adverbnon·sa·cred·ness, nounpseu·do·sa·cred, adjectivesem·i·sa·cred, adjectivesu·per·sa·cred, adjectiveun·sa·cred, adjectiveun·sa·cred·ly, adverb
Can be confusedsacred sacrosanct

Synonyms for sacred

2. venerable, divine. See holy. 4. consecrated. 5. revered. 6. sacrosanct. 7. inviolate, inviolable.

Antonyms for sacred

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Examples from the Web for sacred

Contemporary Examples of sacred

Historical Examples of sacred

  • Maidens of the first families were selected to embroider the sacred peplus.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • After they had withdrawn, no other footsteps approached the sacred place.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • We are charged with the sacred duty of making their path as smooth and easy as we can.

  • And the sacred "ordinance," with all other proprieties, was left in ruins that day.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • It is only the true lover to whom the breathing form is as sacred as the breathless.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson


British Dictionary definitions for sacred

sacred

adjective

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
Derived Formssacredly, adverbsacredness, noun

Word Origin for sacred

C14: from Latin sacrāre to set apart as holy, from sacer holy
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Word Origin and History for sacred
adj.

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.

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