Definitions for Sacred
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Sacred.
concerned with religion or religious purposes
"sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
worthy of respect or dedication
"saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"
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"
worthy of religious veneration
"the sacred name of Jesus"; "Jerusalem's hallowed soil"
(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
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.
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.
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.
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
relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, sacred history
designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable
hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable
consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to
solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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.
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
Rank popularity for the word 'Sacred' in Adjectives Frequency: #859
The numerical value of Sacred in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of Sacred in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
I believe in nothing, everything is sacred. I believe in everything, nothing is sacred.
The larger issue is that, irrespective of what the tax code says, churches should be sacred spaces, free of partisan politics.
It is a sacred thing to create a face, it's like a ghost appearing in the gem as you work. The dialogue of gemstone, color and light gives it life.
Set yourself up for success by preparing a sacred space to set the tone for your practice, and it's helpful to establish some level of consistency. For some, that means taking time during their commute to meditate and journal. For others, that means sitting on the back porch early in the morning or meditating for a few minutes on the couch. Still others will have a sacred corner with an altar, including an image of Christ, a few candles, and a place to store your journal.
When humans participate in ceremony, they enter a sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance. Time takes on a different dimension. Emotions flow more freely. The bodies of participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them. All is made new everything becomes sacred.
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Translations for Sacred
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- святы, свяшчэнныBelarusian
- свят, свещенBulgarian
- sagratCatalan, Valencian
- posvátný, svatýCzech
- αφοσιωμένος, ιερός, αφιερωμένοςGreek
- sacro, sagradoSpanish
- uskonnollinen, siunattu, vihkiytynyt, pyhä, pyhitettyFinnish
- saint, sacréFrench
- naomh, coisrigteScottish Gaelic
- 聖, 神聖Japanese
- სასულიერო, წმინდათა წმინდა, წმინდა, საღმრთოGeorgian
- gezegend, zalig, heiligDutch
- sacro, sagradoPortuguese
- священный, святойRussian
- svet, светSerbo-Croatian
- святий, священнийUkrainian
- 聖, thần thánh, thánhVietnamese
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