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SACRED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sacred mean? 

SACRED (adjective)
  The adjective SACRED has 5 senses:

1. concerned with religion or religious purposes
2. worthy of respect or dedication
3. made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use
4. worthy of religious veneration
5. (often followed by 'to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person

  Familiarity information: SACRED used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SACRED (adjective)


Sense 1sacred [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Concerned with religion or religious purposes

Context examples:

sacred texts / sacred rites / sacred music

Similar:

taboo; tabu (forbidden to profane use especially in South Pacific islands)

sacral (of or relating to sacred rites)

reverend; sublime (worthy of adoration or reverence)

religious; spiritual (concerned with sacred matters or religion or the church)

quasi-religious (resembling something that is religious)

numinous (evincing the presence of a deity)

inviolable; inviolate; sacrosanct (must be kept sacred)

inspirational (imparting a divine influence on the mind and soul)

ineffable; unnameable; unspeakable; unutterable (too sacred to be uttered)

divine (devoted to or in the service or worship of a deity)

Also:

pious (having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity)

heavenly (of or belonging to heaven or god)

consecrate; consecrated; dedicated (solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose)

Antonym:

profane (not sacred or concerned with religion)


Sense 2sacred [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Worthy of respect or dedication

Context example:

saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling

Similar:

worthy (having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable)


Sense 3sacred [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use

Synonyms:

sanctified; consecrated; sacred

Context examples:

a consecrated chursh / the sacred mosque / sacred elephants / sacred bread and wine / sanctified wine

Similar:

holy (belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power)


Sense 4sacred [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Worthy of religious veneration

Synonyms:

hallowed; sacred

Context examples:

the sacred name of Jesus / Jerusalem's hallowed soil

Similar:

holy (belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power)


Sense 5sacred [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(often followed by 'to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person

Context examples:

a fund sacred to charity / a morning hour sacred to study / a private office sacred to the President

Similar:

dedicated (devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose)


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