[ sey-krid ]
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  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.

  1. pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane): sacred music;sacred books.

  2. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.

  3. regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.

  4. secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right: sacred oaths; sacred rights.

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

Origin of sacred

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, originally past participle of sacren “to consecrate,” from Latin sacrāre “to devote,” derivative of sacer “holy”; see -ed2

synonym study For sacred

2. See holy.

Other words for sacred

Opposites for sacred

Other words from sacred

  • 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

Words that may be confused with sacred Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sacred in a sentence

  • But I must not say more even to you, dear Mrs. Bodkin, for these are State secrets, which should be sacredly respected.

    A Charming Fellow, Volume II (of 3) | Frances Eleanor Trollope
  • Mrs. Starbottle will keep sacredly this part of the agreement, made ten years ago.

  • Tended sacredly all the year, with the sanctifying church round it, it would always be ready for his offices.

    The Altar of the Dead | Henry James
  • Let every couple start with a fair understanding as to what they can afford to spend, and keep sacredly within the limit.

    The Hearth-Stone | Samuel Osgood
  • There was also a little tin canister in which a charge of powder had been sacredly preserved.

    The Village Watch-Tower | (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin

British Dictionary definitions for sacred


/ (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

  1. protected by superstition or piety from irreligious actions

  2. connected with or intended for religious use: sacred music

  3. dedicated to; in honour of

Origin of sacred

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

Derived forms of sacred

  • sacredly, adverb
  • sacredness, noun

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