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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sacred writing mean? 

  The noun SACRED WRITING has 1 sense:

1. writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity

  Familiarity information: SACRED WRITING used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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Writing that is venerated for the worship of a deity

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Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


religious text; religious writing; sacred text; sacred writing

Hypernyms ("sacred writing" is a kind of...):

piece of writing; writing; written material (the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sacred writing"):

sacred scripture; scripture (any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group)

service book (a book setting forth the forms of church service)

prayer (a fixed text used in praying)

sapiential book; wisdom book; wisdom literature (any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom)

Synoptic Gospels; Synoptics (the first three Gospels which describe events in Christ's life from a similar point of view)

evangel; Gospel; Gospels (the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that tell the story of Christ's life and teachings)

Testament (either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible)

Pseudepigrapha (52 texts written between 200 BC and AD 200 but ascribed to various prophets and kings in the Hebrew scriptures; many are apocalyptic in nature)

Talmudic literature ((Judaism) ancient rabbinical writings)

Apocrypha (14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status)

psalm (any sacred song used to praise the deity)

mantra ((Sanskrit) literally a 'sacred utterance' in Vedism; one of a collection of orally transmitted poetic hymns)

Veda; Vedic literature ((from the Sanskrit word for 'knowledge') any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit; traditionally believed to comprise the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads)

Bible; Book; Christian Bible; Good Book; Holy Scripture; Holy Writ; Scripture; Word; Word of God (the sacred writings of the Christian religions)

Paralipomenon ((Old Testament) an obsolete name for the Old Testament books of I Chronicles and II Chronicles which were regarded as supplementary to Kings)

Instance hyponyms:

Upanishad (a later sacred text of Hinduism of a mystical nature dealing with metaphysical questions)

Mishna; Mishnah (the first part of the Talmud; a collection of early oral interpretations of the scriptures that was compiled about AD 200)

al-Qur'an; Book; Koran; Quran (the sacred writings of Islam revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad during his life at Mecca and Medina)

Gemara (the second part of the Talmud consisting primarily of commentary on the Mishna)

Book of Mormon (a sacred text revealed to Joseph Smith in 1830 by an ancient prophet Mormon; supposedly a record of ancient peoples of America translated by Joseph Smith)

Adi Granth; Granth; Granth Sahib (the principal sacred text of Sikhism contains hymns and poetry as well as the teachings of the first five gurus)

Avesta; Zend-Avesta (a collection of Zoroastrian texts gathered during the 4th or 6th centuries)

Bhagavad-Gita; Bhagavadgita; Gita ((Hinduism) the sacred 'song of God' composed about 200 BC and incorporated into the Mahabharata (a Sanskrit epic); contains a discussion between Krishna and the Indian hero Arjuna on human nature and the purpose of life)

Mahabharata; Mahabharatam; Mahabharatum ((Hinduism) a sacred epic Sanskrit poem of India dealing in many episodes with the struggle between two rival families)

Laws; Pentateuch; Torah (the first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Hebrew Bible considered as a unit)

Torah (the whole body of the Jewish sacred writings and tradition including the oral tradition)

Hebrew Scripture; Tanach; Tanakh (the Jewish scriptures which consist of three divisions--the Torah and the Prophets and the Writings)

Nebiim; Prophets (the second of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures)

Hagiographa; Ketubim; Writings (the third of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures)

Psalm (one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers that comprise the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament; said to have been written by David)

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