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[ sey-krid ]


  1. devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
  2. entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.

    Synonyms: venerable, divine

    Antonyms: blasphemous

  3. pertaining to or connected with religion ( secular or profane ):

    sacred music;

    sacred books.

  4. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object:

    a morning hour sacred to study.

    Synonyms: consecrated

  5. regarded with reverence:

    the sacred memory of a dead hero.

    Synonyms: revered

  6. secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right:

    sacred oaths; sacred rights.

    Synonyms: sacrosanct

  7. properly immune from violence, interference, etc., as a person or office.

    Synonyms: inviolable, inviolate


/ ˈseɪkrɪd /


  1. exclusively devoted to a deity or to some religious ceremony or use; holy; consecrated
  2. worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe, or respect
  3. protected by superstition or piety from irreligious actions
  4. connected with or intended for religious use

    sacred music

  5. dedicated to; in honour of

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Derived Forms

  • ˈsacredness, noun
  • ˈsacredly, adverb

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Other Words From

  • sacred·ly adverb
  • sacred·ness noun
  • non·sacred adjective
  • non·sacred·ly adverb
  • non·sacred·ness noun
  • pseudo·sacred adjective
  • semi·sacred adjective
  • super·sacred adjective
  • un·sacred adjective
  • un·sacred·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sacred1

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, originally past participle of sacren “to consecrate,” from Latin sacrāre “to devote,” derivative of sacer “holy”; -ed 2

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Word History and Origins

Origin of sacred1

C14: from Latin sacrāre to set apart as holy, from sacer holy

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Synonym Study

See holy.

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Example Sentences

Stories create a sacred space that humans have always respected.

When you bow to another, you are honoring something sacred in them.

Whenever I enter the park, I’m always conscious I’m stepping into a special place—sacred ground, really.

From Fortune

The newfound shafts around Durrington Walls suggest it also was a special, sacred place, Gaffney says.

The location of the K’akaya offering indicates that Inca people regarded all of Lake Titicaca, which straddles the border between Bolivia and Peru, as sacred, not just its fabled Island of the Sun, the researchers say.

In fact, one the most sacred holiday for Muslims is the sacrifice of Abraham, known as Eid al-Adha.

There is no middle ground in submitting our sacred rights to the whims of foreign tyrants.

One thing I do to respect the people who want to keep hip hop ‘sacred’ is refer to myself as rap-cabaret.

The Reservation is sovereign Indian land, and the grizzly is a sacred animal to these tribes.

The land involved is sacred to them and used to gather acorns for religious ceremonies.

The supernaturalist alleges that religion was revealed to man by God, and that the form of this revelation is a sacred book.

I had it put in order whilst you were in London; it was a shame to let a sacred place remain in such a state.

More than once she destroyed pages, as being too sacred a confidence for unloving eyes to read.

Let this be your acknowledgment of past favours—the fulfilment of your sacred promise.

They accepted baptism as a sort of sacred pledge of friendship and alliance with the French.





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