- The definition of sacred is something related to religion or something treated with great respect.
- An example of sacred is holy water.
- An example of sacred is a prized collection that you dearly love and that you expect everyone to treat carefully and respectfully.
- consecrated to or belonging to the divinity or a deity; holy
- of or connected with religion or religious rites: a sacred song
- regarded with the respect or reverence accorded holy things; venerated; hallowed
- set apart for, and dedicated to, some person, place, purpose, sentiment, etc.: sacred to his memory
- secured as by a religious feeling or sense of justice against any defamation, violation, or intrusion; inviolate
Origin: Middle English from past participle of sacren, to consecrate from Old French sacrer from Classical Latin sacrare from sacer, holy from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form sak-, to sanctify, make a compact from source Old Norse sāttr, reconciled, Hittite šakliš, law, ritual
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- Dedicated to or set apart for the worship of a deity.
- Worthy of religious veneration: the sacred teachings of the Buddha.
- Made or declared holy: sacred bread and wine.
- Dedicated or devoted exclusively to a single use, purpose, or person: sacred to the memory of her sister; a private office sacred to the President.
- Worthy of respect; venerable.
- Of or relating to religious objects, rites, or practices.
Origin: Middle English, past participle of sacren, to consecrate, from Old French sacrer, from Latin sacrāre, from sacer, sacr-, sacred; see sak- in Indo-European roots.
- saˈcred·ly adverb
- saˈcred·ness noun