sacred

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
sa•cred /ˈseɪkrɪd/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. Religionworthy of religious respect because of association with the divine:the sacred relics of the saints.
  2. dedicated to divine things:a sacred grove.
  3. important for some person or object:an hour sacred to study.
  4. revered or respected:the sacred memory of the dead.
sa•cred•ly, adv. 
sa•cred•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sa•cred  (sākrid),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Religiondevoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose;
    consecrated.
  2. Religionentitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things;
    holy.
  3. Religionpertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane):sacred music; sacred books.
  4. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object:a morning hour sacred to study.
  5. regarded with reverence:the sacred memory of a dead hero.
  6. secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right:sacred oaths; sacred rights.
  7. properly immune from violence, interference, etc., as a person or office.
sacred•ly, adv. 
sacred•ness, n. 
  • Latin sacrāre to devote, derivative of sacer holy; see -ed2
  • Middle English, origin, originally past participle of sacren to consecrate 1275–1325
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged venerable, divine. See  holy. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged consecrated.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged revered.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged sacrosanct.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged inviolate, inviolable.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged blasphemous.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
sacred /ˈseɪkrɪd/ adj
  1. exclusively devoted to a deity or to some religious ceremony or use; holy; consecrated
  2. worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe, or respect
  3. connected with or intended for religious use: sacred music
  4. dedicated to; in honour of
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin sacrāre to set apart as holy, from sacer holy

ˈsacredly adv ˈsacredness n
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Collocations: sacred [scrolls, manuscripts, books, texts, relics], [find, discover, burn, destroy, restore] the sacred [scrolls], is a sacred [institution, animal, grove, valley, mount], more...

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