halidom Archaic. 1. the state or condition of being holy or sacred. 2. a holy or sacred place; a sanctuary. 3. a sacred object or relic. hierogram sacred writing or a sacred character or symbol. —hierogrammatist, n., —hierogrammatic, hierogrammatical, adj. hierography Rare. sacred writing; hierograms and the art of writing them. —hierographer, n. —hierographic, hierographical, adj. hierolatry the worship of saints and of relics and other sacred objects. hierology 1. the learning or literature concerning sacred things. 2. hierological materials. —hierologist, n. —hierologic, hierological, adj. hieromancy a form of divination involving sacrificial remains or sacred objects. hierophobia an abnormal fear of sacred objects. hierurgy 1. the performance of holy works. 2. the holy work itself. sanctum sanctorum the holy of holies; a place of great holiness.
Variant of sacred
- 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 of sacredMiddle 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