[ sey-krid ]
/ ˈseɪ krɪd /


Origin of sacred

1275–1325; Middle English, orig. past participle of sacren to consecrate < Latin sacrāre to devote, derivative of sacer holy; see -ed2


4 consecrated.
5 revered.
6 sacrosanct.
7 inviolate, inviolable.

Related forms

Can be confused

sacred sacrosanct Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sacredness


/ (ˈseɪkrɪd) /


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 Forms

sacredly, adverbsacredness, noun

Word Origin for sacred

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