Sacred meaning

sākrĭd
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.

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Worthy of respect; venerable.
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Made or declared holy.

Sacred bread and wine.

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Of or relating to religious objects, rites, or practices.
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Worthy of religious veneration.

The sacred teachings of the Buddha.

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Regarded with the respect or reverence accorded holy things; venerated; hallowed.
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Set apart for, and dedicated to, some person, place, purpose, sentiment, etc.

Sacred to his memory.

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Designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable.

Such neighbor nearness to our sacred [royal] blood Should nothing privilege him. William Shakespeare.

Poet and saint to thee alone were given, The two most sacred names of earth and heaven. -Cowley.

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Dedicated to or set apart for the worship of a deity.
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Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable.

Secrets of marriage still are sacred held. -Dryden.

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Of or connected with religion or religious rites.

A sacred song.

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Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, sacred history.

Smit with the love of sacred song. -John Milton.

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Consecrated to or belonging to the divinity or a deity; holy.
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Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense, made holy; set apart to religious use; consecrated; not profane or common; as, a sacred place; a sacred day; sacred service.
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Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to.

A temple, sacred to the queen of love. -Dryden.

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Simple past tense and past participle of sacre.
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(archaic) Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful.

But, to destruction sacred and devote. -Milton.

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Secured as by a religious feeling or sense of justice against any defamation, violation, or intrusion; inviolate.
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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.

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Origin of sacred

  • Middle English past participle of sacren to consecrate from Old French sacrer from Latin sacrāre from sacer sacr- sacred sak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sacred, isacred, past participle of Middle English sacren, sakeren (“to make holy, hallow"), equivalent to sacre +"Ž -ed.

    From Wiktionary