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Definitions for SACRED
ˈseɪ krɪdsa·cred

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sacredadjective

    concerned with religion or religious purposes

    "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"

  2. sacredadjective

    worthy of respect or dedication

    "saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"

  3. consecrated, sacred, sanctifiedadjective

    made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use

    "a consecrated church"; "the sacred mosque"; "sacred elephants"; "sacred bread and wine"; "sanctified wine"

  4. hallowed, sacredadjective

    worthy of religious veneration

    "the sacred name of Jesus"; "Jerusalem's hallowed soil"

  5. sacredadjective

    (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person

    "a fund sacred to charity"; "a morning hour sacred to study"; "a private office sacred to the President"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SACREDadjective

    Etymology: sacre, French; sacer, Latin.

    Gods love to haunt her sacred shades. John Milton.

    This temple and his holy ark,
    With all his sacred things. John Milton.

    O’er its eastern gate was rais’d above
    A temple, sacred to the queen of love. Dryden.

    The honour’s sacred, which he talks on now,
    Supposing that I lackt it. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    How hast thou yielded to transgress
    The strict forbiddance? how to violate
    The sacred fruit? John Milton.

    Secrets of marriage still are sacred held;
    There sweet and bitter by the wise conceal’d. Dryden.


  1. sacred

    Sacred describes something that is dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity; is considered worthy of spiritual respect or devotion; or inspires awe or reverence among believers. The property is often ascribed to objects (a "sacred artifact" that is venerated and blessed), or places ("sacred ground"). French sociologist Émile Durkheim considered the dichotomy between the sacred and the profane to be the central characteristic of religion: "religion is a unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say, things set apart and forbidden.": 47  In Durkheim's theory, the sacred represents the interests of the group, especially unity, which are embodied in sacred group symbols, or using team work to help get out of trouble. The profane, on the other hand, involve mundane individual concerns.


  1. sacred

    Sacred generally refers to something that is regarded as holy, divine, or having a higher meaning or significance. It often pertains to religious or spiritual concepts, objects, places, rituals, or beliefs that are deemed to be sanctified or set apart from the ordinary or profane aspects of life. Sacred is associated with reverence, respect, and an elevated sense of importance or value.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacredadjective

    set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense, made holy; set apart to religious use; consecrated; not profane or common; as, a sacred place; a sacred day; sacred service

  2. Sacredadjective

    relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, sacred history

  3. Sacredadjective

    designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable

  4. Sacredadjective

    hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable

  5. Sacredadjective

    consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to

  6. Sacredadjective

    solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sacred

    sā′kred, adj. set apart or dedicated, esp. to God: made holy: proceeding from God: religious: entitled to respect or veneration: inviolable: devoted to destruction: opposed to secular, as sacred music or history: not liable to punishment.—adv. Sā′credly.—n. Sā′credness.—Sacred ape, the hanuman of India; Sacred beetle, an Egyptian scarab; Sacred cat, the house cat of Egypt, sacred to Pasht; Sacred fish, one of the fresh-water fishes of the Nile; Sacred Heart (R.C.), the physical heart of Christ, adored with special devotion since the 18th century. [O. Fr. sacrer—L. sacrāre—L. sacer, sacred.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. sacred

    Reserved for the exclusive use of something (an extension of the standard meaning). Often means that anyone may look at the sacred object, but clobbering it will screw whatever it is sacred to. The comment “Register 7 is sacred to the interrupt handler” appearing in a program would be interpreted by a hacker to mean that if any other part of the program changes the contents of register 7, dire consequences are likely to ensue.

Editors Contribution

  1. sacrednoun

    0.) Semiannually without year or date having street credibility. 1.) Connected with God or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration. 2.) Regarded with great respect and reverence by a particular religion, group, or individual.

    The sacred timeline is a place within God where his chosen populations reside. The children are his most sacred possession.

    Etymology: Pure Secret

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on January 24, 2024  

  2. sacred

    The truth and principle of life that a human being or animal are equal, valued, trusted and worthy of respect.

    The life of an animal or human being is sacred.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 14, 2016  

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'SACRED' in Adjectives Frequency: #859

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SACRED in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SACRED in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of SACRED in a Sentence

  1. Sammy Wilson:

    If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I dont enter or climb it, I respect it, it is the same here for Anangu. We welcome tourists here. We are not stopping tourism, just this activity.

  2. Melissa Provenzano:

    This is just one of the hallmark locations in our town, this campus is sacred ground for our community.

  3. Eugene Kennedy:

    The real test of friendship is Can you literally do nothing with the other person Can you enjoy together those moments of life that are utterly simple They are the moments people look back on at the end of life and number as their most sacred experiences.

  4. Woodrow Wilson:

    When men take up arms to set other men free, there is something sacred and holy in the warfare.

  5. Aloo Denish Obiero:

    The power of a government is a sacred trust, only justly exercised when it safeguards the liberties and aspirations of its populace.

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    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    A disturb
    B demolish
    C doom
    D attend

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