adjective Etymology: Middle English, from past participle of sacren to consecrate, from Anglo-French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacr-, sacer sacred; akin to Latin sancire to make sacred, Hittite šaklāi- rite Date: 14th century 1. a. dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity <
a tree sacred to the gods
b. devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose) <
a fund sacred to charity
2. a. worthy of religious veneration ; holy b. entitled to reverence and respect 3. of or relating to religion ; not secular or profane <
sacred music
4. archaic accursed 5. a. unassailable, inviolable b. highly valued and important <
a sacred responsibility
sacredly adverbsacredness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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