Definition of Sacred cow

1. Noun. A person unreasonably held to be immune to criticism.

Definition of Sacred cow

1. Noun. (idiomatic) Something which cannot be tampered with, or criticized, for fear of public outcry. A person, institution, belief system, etc. which, for no reason other than the demands of established social etiquette or popular opinion, should be accorded respect or reverence, and not touched, handled or examined too closely. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sacred Cow

sacre bleu
sacred baboon
sacred bone
sacred cow (current term)
sacred fig
sacred ibis
sacred kingfisher
sacred lotus
sacred mushroom
sacred scripture
sacred text
sacred writing

Literary usage of Sacred cow

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1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1916)
"Survey 36:64 Ap 8 '16 Mr. Strong's report on state charities. Survey 37:130-1 N 4 '16 sacred cow. ..."

2. The Land of the Monuments: Notes of Egyptian Travel by Joseph Pollard (1898)
"... sacred cow — Sepoys — Sacrifice. SOON after daybreak the vessel was again in motion, and by half-past seven o'clock had reached the nearest ..."

3. Sacred Songs of the World by Henry Charles Leonard (1899)
"To A SACRED Cow. WHAT a fine cow your predecessor was ! How well she supported us with her milk ! Will not you supply us in like manner ? ..."

4. Compilation of Notes and Memoranda Bearing Upon the Use of Human Ordure and by John Gregory Bourke (1888)
"Picart narrates that the Brahmans fed grain to a sacred cow and afterward searched in the ordure for the sacred grains, which they picked out whole, ..."

5. Gods and Devils of Mankind by Frank Stockton Dobbins, Samuel Wells Williams, Isaac Hollister Hall (1897)
"... by a peculiar mark on DYING BRAHMIN HOLDING THE TAIL OF THE sacred cow, SO AS TO ENTER HEAVEN. the forehead, some by the jewels or ornaments they wear. ..."

6. Ilios: The City and Country of the Trojans: the Results of Researches and by Heinrich Schliemann (1880)
"This goddess changed herself into the sacred Cow Ilor-Secha, and the young boy into the sacred Bull Hapi (Apis, Epaphus). She went with him to this town of ..."

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