Origin of sacred
Examples from the Web for sacredness
They did not think of liberty, and armies, and the sacredness of democracy.
War may break friendships, but it cannot take away the sacredness of memories.The Crisis, Complete|Winston Churchill
Yet these reservations did not, as a practical matter, nullify or overthrow Marshall's philosophy of the sacredness of contracts.The Life of John Marshall Volume 4 of 4|Albert J. Beveridge
She can't know the nature of marriage, and she can't realise its sacredness.Saint's Progress|John Galsworthy
The meaning of time, the meaning of work, the sacredness of literature are unknown to this generation.The Life and Letters of Lafcadio Hearn, Volume 2|Elizabeth Bisland
Being dogs with understanding souls, they did realize the sacredness of the occasion and they stood silent near Charlemagne.The Story of Opal|Opal Whiteley
British Dictionary definitions for sacredness
Word Origin for sacred
Word Origin and History for sacredness
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.