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sa·cred

 (sā′krĭd)
adj.
1. Dedicated to or set apart for the worship of a deity.
2. Worthy of religious veneration: the sacred teachings of the Buddha.
3. Made or declared holy: sacred bread and wine.
4. 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.
5. Worthy of respect; venerable.
6. Of or relating to religious objects, rites, or practices.

[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.]

sa′cred·ly adv.
sa′cred·ness n.

sacred

(ˈseɪkrɪd)
adj
1. exclusively devoted to a deity or to some religious ceremony or use; holy; consecrated
2. worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe, or respect
3. protected by superstition or piety from irreligious actions
4. connected with or intended for religious use: sacred music.
5. dedicated to; in honour of
[C14: from Latin sacrāre to set apart as holy, from sacer holy]
ˈsacredly adv
ˈsacredness n

sa•cred

(ˈseɪ krɪd)

adj.
1. devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
2. entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.
3. pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane).
4. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object; consecrated: a morning hour sacred to study.
5. regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.
6. secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right: sacred oaths.
7. properly immune from violence, interference, etc.; inviolable.
[1275–1325; Middle English, orig. past participle of sacren to consecrate < Latin sacrāre, derivative of sacer hallowed, sacred]
sa′cred•ly, adv.
sa′cred•ness, n.
syn: See holy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
consecrate, consecrated, dedicated - solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II"
heavenly - of or belonging to heaven or god
pious - having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity; "pious readings"
profane, secular - not concerned with or devoted to religion; "sacred and profane music"; "secular drama"; "secular architecture", "children being brought up in an entirely profane environment"
2.sacred - worthy of respect or dedication; "saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"
worthy - having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"
3.sacred - made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use; "a consecrated church"; "the sacred mosque"; "sacred elephants"; "sacred bread and wine"; "sanctified wine"
holy - belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
4.sacred - worthy of religious veneration; "the sacred name of Jesus"; "Jerusalem's hallowed soil"
holy - belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
5.sacred - (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person; "a fund sacred to charity"; "a morning hour sacred to study"; "a private office sacred to the President"
dedicated - devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose; "a dedicated dancer"; "dedicated teachers"; "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal"- A.Lincoln

sacred

adjective
2. religious, holy, ecclesiastical, hallowed, venerated the awe-inspiring sacred art of the Renaissance masters
religious unconsecrated

sacred

adjective
1. In the service or worship of God or a god:
2. Protected from violation or abuse by custom, law, or feelings of reverence:
3. Regarded with particular reverence or respect:
4. Given over exclusively to a single use or purpose:
Translations
مُقَدَّسواجِب، مُقَدَّس
posvátnýsvatý
hellig
pyhäpyhitettysiunattuuskonnollinenvihkiytynyt
svet
heilagurheilagur, helgur
神聖な
신성한
nieko nėra švento
garīgssvēts
sacru
svet
helig
ซึ่งเป็นที่สักการะทางศาสนา
kutsalkutsal görev
linh thiêng

sacred

[ˈseɪkrɪd] ADJ (= holy) [shrine, object] → sagrado
sacred placeslugares mpl sagrados
sacred musicmúsica f sacra
sacred to the memory ofconsagrado a la memoria de ...
a sacred promise (fig) → una promesa solemne
is nothing sacred?¿ya no se respeta nada?
sacred cow (lit, fig) → vaca f sagrada
the Sacred Heartel Sagrado Corazón

sacred

[ˈseɪkrɪd] adjsacré(e)sacred cow nvache f sacrée

sacred

adj
(= holy)heilig; buildingsakral; a statue sacred to Venuseine der Venus geweihte Statue
(= religious) art, theme, ritesakral; music, poetrygeistlich; sacred and profanegeistlich und weltlich
(= sacrosanct) sacred dutyheilige Pflicht; sacred to the memory of …zum Gedenken or Andenken an (+acc); these memories are sacred to mediese Erinnerungen sind mir heilig; she saw motherhood as woman’s sacred callingsie sah Mutterschaft als die heilige Berufung einer jeden Frau an; is nothing sacred? (inf)ist denn nichts mehr heilig?

sacred

[ˈseɪkrɪd] adj (holy) → sacro/a
sacred to the memory of → dedicato/a alla memoria di
a sacred promise (fig) → una promessa solenne
is nothing sacred? → non c'è più religione!

sacred

(ˈseikrid) adjective
1. of God or a god; (that must be respected because) connected with religion or with God or a god. Temples, mosques, churches and synagogues are all sacred buildings.
2. (of a duty etc) which must be done etc eg because of respect for someone. He considered it a sacred duty to fulfil his dead father's wishes.
ˈsacredness noun
nothing is sacred (to him/them etc)
he, they etc have no respect for anything.

sacred

مُقَدَّس posvátný hellig heilig ιερός sagrado pyhä sacré svet sacro 神聖な 신성한 heilig hellig święty sagrado священный helig ซึ่งเป็นที่สักการะทางศาสนา kutsal linh thiêng 神圣的
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He who is the religious advocate of marriage robs whole millions of its sacred influence, and leaves them to the ravages of wholesale pollution.
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I crossed once more the low stone stile, and bared my head as I touched the sacred ground.
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Having tasted the honeycomb, he threw down his axe, and looking on the tree as sacred, took great care of it.
Chairman, and to its affirmation I pledge my life, my fortune, and my sacred honour, that that wicked and unscrupulous Minority redistricted the cards
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