Definition of Sacred

1. Adjective. Concerned with religion or religious purposes. "Sacred music"


2. Adjective. Worthy of respect or dedication. "Saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"
Similar to: Worthy
Derivative terms: Sacredness

3. Adjective. Made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use. "Sanctified wine"
Exact synonyms: Consecrated, Sanctified
Similar to: Holy
Derivative terms: Sacredness

4. Adjective. Worthy of religious veneration. "Jerusalem's hallowed soil"
Exact synonyms: Hallowed
Similar to: Holy
Derivative terms: Sacredness

5. Adjective. (often followed by 'to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person. "A private office sacred to the President"
Similar to: Dedicated
Derivative terms: Sacredness

Definition of Sacred

1. a. 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.

Definition of Sacred

1. Adjective. 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. ¹

2. Adjective. Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, '''sacred''' history. ¹

3. Adjective. Designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable. ¹

4. Adjective. Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable. ¹

5. Adjective. Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to. ¹

6. Adjective. (archaic) Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful. ¹

7. Verb. (past of sacre) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sacred

1. dedicated to or set apart for the worship of a deity [adj] : SACREDLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Sacred

1. 1. 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. 2. Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, sacred history. "Smit with the love of sacred song." (Milton) 3. 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." (Shak) "Poet and saint to thee alone were given, The two most sacred names of earth and heaven." (Cowley) 4. Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable. "Secrets of marriage still are sacred held." (Dryden) 5. Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; with to. "A temple, sacred to the queen of love." (Dryden) 6. Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful. "But, to destruction sacred and devote." (Milton) Society of the Sacred Heart, the place where a deceased person is buried. Synonym: Holy, divine, hallowed, consecrated, dedicated, devoted, religious, venerable, reverend. Sa"credly, Sa"credness. Origin: Originally p.p. Of OE. Sacren to consecrate, F. Sacrer, fr. L. Sacrare, fr. Sacer sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. Consecrate, Execrate, Saint, Sextion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sacred

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Literary usage of Sacred

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1. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians: Being the Sixth Volume of the by George Grove, Waldo Selden Pratt, Charles Newell Boyd (1920)
"Daniel L. Peck: Musical Medley, Dedham, 1808: Selection of sacred Music, Phila. ... From 1810 — Collection of sacred Music for West Church, Boston, 1810. ..."

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