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English adjective: sacred

1. sacred concerned with religion or religious purposes

SamplesSacred texts.
Sacred rites.
Sacred music.

Similardivine, ineffable, inspirational, inviolable, inviolate, numinous, quasi-religious, religious, reverend, sacral, sacrosanct, spiritual, sublime, taboo, tabu, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable

See alsoconsecrate, consecrated, dedicated, heavenly, pious

Antonymsprofane, secular

2. sacred worthy of respect or dedication

SamplesSaw motherhood as woman's sacred calling.



3. sacred made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use

SamplesA consecrated church.
The sacred mosque.
Sacred elephants.
Sacred bread and wine.
Sanctified wine.

Synonymsconsecrated, sanctified


Antonymsunhallowed, unholy

4. sacred worthy of religious veneration

SamplesThe sacred name of Jesus.
Jerusalem's hallowed soil.



Antonymsunhallowed, unholy

5. sacred (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person

SamplesA fund sacred to charity.
A morning hour sacred to study.
A private office sacred to the President.



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