- 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 sacredness
They did not think of liberty, and armies, and the sacredness of democracy.Let 9/11 Families Mourn in Private
September 11, 2011
All sacredness and sweetness, all that was pure and brave and truthful, seemed to rest in her.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
She had also a lofty ideal of the sacredness of the marriage tie.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Rather let us reverence the privacy of man, the sacredness of his religious retreat.
“But the person of Majesty, the sacredness of the Khalifate,” cried the 280 others.
On my saying, "What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?"Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- 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 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.