WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 sa•cred /ˈseɪkrɪd/USA pronunciation
adj. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
sa•cred•ness, n. [uncountable]
- Religionworthy of religious respect because of association with the divine:the sacred relics of the saints.
- dedicated to divine things:a sacred grove.
- important for some person or object:an hour sacred to study.
- revered or respected:the sacred memory of the dead.
(sā′krid),USA pronunciation adj.
- Religiondevoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose;
- Religionentitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things;
- Religionpertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane):sacred music; sacred books.
- reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object:a morning hour sacred to study.
- regarded with reverence:the sacred memory of a dead hero.
- secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right:sacred oaths; sacred rights.
- properly immune from violence, interference, etc., as a person or office.
- 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.
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sacred /ˈseɪkrɪd/ adj
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin sacrāre to set apart as holy, from sacer holyˈsacredly adv ˈsacredness n
- exclusively devoted to a deity or to some religious ceremony or use; holy; consecrated
- worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe, or respect
- connected with or intended for religious use: sacred music
- dedicated to; in honour of
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