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Definitions of sacred

  1. made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use; " a consecrated chursh"; " the sacred mosque"; " sacred elephants"; " sacred bread and wine"; " sanctified wine"
  2. worthy of religious veneration; " the sacred name of Jesus"; " Jerusalem's hallowed soil"
  3. worthy of respect or dedication; " saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"
  4. ( 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"
  5. concerned with religion or religious purposes; " sacred texts"; " sacred rites"; " sacred music"
  6. 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.
  7. Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, sacred history.
  8. Designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable.
  9. Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable.
  10. Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful.
  11. Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; - with to.
  12. Set apart for religious uses; as, a sacred edifice; pertaining to religion; as, sacred literature; consecrated; holy; not to be treated irreverently; as, he held his mother's memory sacred.
  13. Sacredly.
  14. Sacredness.
  15. Set apart or dedicated, esp. to God: made holy: proceeding from God: religious: entitled to respect or veneration: inviolable.
  16. Pertaining to God; holy; inviolable.
  17. Set apart to religious use; pertaining to deity or religion; consecrated; hallowed; inviolable.
  18. Consecrated to a religious purpose; connected with religion or a religious service; consecrated; venerable; inviolable.
  19. Pert. to God, or to His worship; pert. to religion or religious uses; not profane; inviolable.
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Usage examples for sacred

  1. I thought our love was a secret, sacred affair. – A Singer from the Sea by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  2. That was a very sacred hour for me. – The Upton Letters by Arthur Christopher Benson
  3. I confess I have neither time nor much inclination for poetry- except that of the sacred volume, which is poetry indeed. – Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing
  4. I consider it a sacred duty, and of course it was done. – Ten Girls from History by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  5. Sacred to the memory of the dead, however, she had one desire- revenge. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
  6. How sweet and sacred a wonder. – VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea by David Christie Murray
  7. Very softly and tenderly the beautiful black eyes looked into his, and the voice was low and gentle, as it breathed the sacred name of Ella. – Dora Deane by Mary J. Holmes
  8. " I know you did," I would answer, and then urge him to give every day and night in the week, if he liked, to pleasure except one-" let one be sacred to work!" – To-morrow? by Victoria Cross
  9. New Year's is aye a sacred day for a' us Scots. – Between You and Me by Sir Harry Lauder
  10. He added, after a breath, Too sacred – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  11. He had trusted her with that which of all things was the most sacred to him, and she had deceived him! – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  12. And you thought a promise to her more sacred than good faith to me? – The Lovels of Arden by M. E. Braddon
  13. Personally, I hold that the intimacy, of whatever nature, between a man and a woman, is their own affair, their sacred own. – Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma Goldman
  14. We rose up, overcome by a sacred horror, and fled. – The Worlds Greatest Books Vol. II: Fiction by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
  15. It was a sacred compact. – Mr. Waddington of Wyck by May Sinclair
  16. Sacred to her memory! – Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930 by Various
  17. The order is not sacred in the sense that it has always had the same form. – The Truth About Woman by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  18. The sacred person of your general! – The Death of Wallenstein A Play by Frederich Schiller
  19. Place is to me sacred almost as body. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  20. What is there sacred in the relations between father and child, when they are such relations as these? – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
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