Definitions for sacred cow

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sa′cred cow′(n.)

  1. someone or something considered to be exempt from criticism or questioning.

Origin of sacred cow:

1905–10; in reference to the traditional inviolability of the cow among Hindus

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sacred cow(noun)

    a person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism


  1. sacred cow(Noun)

    Something which cannot be tampered with, or criticized, for fear of public outcry. A person, institution, belief system, etc. which, for no reason other than the demands of established social etiquette or popular opinion, should be accorded respect or reverence, and not touched, handled or examined too closely.


  1. Cattle in religion

    Cattle are considered sacred in world religions such as Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism and others. Earlier religions in Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, Ancient Israel and Ancient Rome held similar beliefs. Due to the multiple benefits from cattle, there are varying beliefs about cattle in societies and religions. In some regions, especially Nepal and some states in India, the slaughter of cattle is prohibited and their meat may be taboo.

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