Definition of sacred in English:


Line breaks: sa¦cred
Pronunciation: /ˈseɪkrɪd


  • 1Connected with God or a god or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration: sacred rites the site at Eleusis is sacred to Demeter
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    • It is a work dedicated essentially to the greatness of the god Viu and is, therefore, particularly sacred to Vaiavas, worshippers of Viu.
    • Indeed, every cooking bowl in Jerusalem and throughout Judah would be sacred to God.
    • We mark that this day was sacred to the goddess Venus, to whom the Phoenicians consecrated the fish.
  • 1.1Religious rather than secular: sacred music
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    • Music, sacred or secular, was one of his greatest pleasures.
    • The choir's repertoire includes sacred and secular music ranging from the 16th century to the present day and in a wide range of musical styles and languages.
    • The special advent choral concert will be conducted by Peter Frost and includes sacred and secular music from early and modern composers.
  • 1.2(Of writing or text) embodying the laws or doctrines of a religion: a sacred Hindu text
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    • States have constitutions, political parties their manifestos and religions have sacred texts to guide their policies and action from time to time.
    • I'm absolutely sure about that and it's in all the literature in the ancient, sacred writings of all religions.
    • For instance, the sacred texts of many religions offer compelling narratives which, at their best, can promote ethical reflection and a sense of shared experience.
  • 1.3Regarded with great respect and reverence by a particular religion, group, or individual: cows are sacred and the eating of beef is taboo
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    • Cows are regarded as sacred animals in my religion.
    • Everyone should respect whatever is held sacred by any other individual.
    • A rare ritual burial of four horses has been discovered in an area experts regard as a sacred landscape surrounding one of the most important prehistoric sites in the North of England.
  • 1.4Regarded as too valuable to be interfered with; sacrosanct: to a police officer nothing is sacred
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    • I should have never let my father interfere with our sacred bond.
    • However, if life is seen as something valuable and sacred, to destroy an embryo is unethical and morally wrong.
    • However, as Aristotle says, ‘It is sacred to honor truth above friendship.’
    sacrosanct, inviolable, inviolate, unimpeachable, invulnerable, untouchable, inalienable, protected, defended, secure, safe, unthreatened



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  • Where, then, do we have an outlet to express our deepest beliefs, those things we hold most sacredly and, therefore, most passionately?
  • However sacredly boomers regard their nostalgia, it turns out their children regard it as more precious than their own.
  • For all the things that are sacredly religious about Christmas, there are two more things that aren't.


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  • I've been so impressed over the years with the fact that the pagan religions are able to see the sacredness and the spiritual in every single dimension of life, without exception.
  • God's creation of all persons in the divine image bestows sacredness upon human beings and thus makes them the children of God.
  • The universality, the sacredness, and the divine origin of freedom are enshrined in our founding document.


late Middle English: past participle of archaic sacre 'consecrate', from Old French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacer, sacr- 'holy'.

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