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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.
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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.
sacred writing or a sacred character or symbol. — hierogrammatist, n., — hierogrammatic, hierogrammatical, adj.
Rare. sacred writing; hierograms and the art of writing them. — hierographer, n. — hierographic, hierographical, adj.
the worship of saints and of relics and other sacred objects.
1. the learning or literature concerning sacred things.
2. hierological materials. — hierologist, n. — hierologic, hierological, adj.
a form of divination involving sacrificial remains or sacred objects.
an abnormal fear of sacred objects.
1. the performance of holy works.
2. the holy work itself.
the holy of holies; a place of great holiness.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sacredness - the quality of being sacred
holiness, sanctitude, sanctity - the quality of being holy
holy of holies - (figurative) something regarded as sacred or inviolable; "every politician fears to touch that holy of holies, the Social Security System"
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1. The quality of being holy or sacred:
2. The quality or condition of being safe from assault, trespass, or violation:
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szent ség


[ˈseɪkrɪdnɪs] Nlo sagrado
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(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.
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References in classic literature ?
This head arranged for the night, those ample shoulders, had an aspect of familiar sacredness - the sacredness of domestic peace.
Of course Shelley's mind was full of the sanctity of the moment, and indignant that "the hour for which the years did sigh" should thus be broken in upon by vulgar revelry; but while we may sympathise with his view, and admit to the full the sacredness, not to say the solemnity, of the marriage ceremony, yet it is to be hoped that it still retains a naturally mirthful side, of which such public merriment is but the crude expression.
The warm defender of the sacredness of the family re- lation is the same that scatters whole families,--sun- dering husbands and wives, parents and children, sisters and brothers,--leaving the hut vacant, and the hearth desolate.
It seemed to them that what they had lived through and experienced could not be expressed in words, and that any reference to the details of his life infringed the majesty and sacredness of the mystery that had been accomplished before their eyes.
The unflinching earnestness with which he declared these things; --the dark, daring play of his sleepless, excited imagination, and all the preternatural terrors of real delirium, united to invest this Gabriel in the minds of the majority of the ignorant crew, with an atmosphere of sacredness. Moreover, they were afraid of him.
The young couple gazed with astonishment at the sight of their visitor's emotion, and wondered to see the large tears silently chasing each other down his otherwise stern and immovable features; but they felt the sacredness of his grief, and kindly refrained from questioning him as to its cause, while, with instinctive delicacy, they left him to indulge his sorrow alone.
You know you don't think it old- fashioned--you know you have the very same idea of sacredness of assumed responsibilities yourself.
That unconscious appeal, so touching and so awful in the sacredness of her sleep, ran through me like fire.
The other eminent characters by whom the chief ruler was surrounded were distinguished by a dignity of mien, belonging to a period when the forms of authority were felt to possess the sacredness of Divine institutions.
The sacredness of an obligation is such a thing which you can't cram into no bluejay's head.
Now, it chanced he had a friend, a publican in Queensferry Street, from whom, in view of the sacredness of the occasion, he thought he might extract a dram.
The sacredness of the season seemed to have been almost wholly lost sight of.