Adjective "sacred" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Connected with God or a god or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration.
  1. 'the site at Eleusis is sacred to Demeter'
  2. 'Burying rites mark the beginnings of all sacred rites, as burying places mark special rights to the land: the civilizing influence of the dead.'
  3. 'It was the Holy number, sacred to the Great Goddess Favirnia.'
  4. 'It is a work dedicated essentially to the greatness of the god Viu and is, therefore, particularly sacred to Vaiavas, worshippers of Viu.'
  5. 'Statues may contain healing herbs, sacred objects, precious stones or jewels, or other offerings.'
  6. 'And so it would be quite normal for a person to visit both - to go and see the high priest or priestess at the sacred house, and to go and see the Roman Catholic priest at the church.'
  7. 'The heron is sacred to the Muses and is related to priesthood.'
  8. 'The Hindu marriage is solemnised before the sacred fire.'
  9. 'The church, a conciliar, sacred communion, accepts and sanctifies the icon.'
  10. 'Indeed, every cooking bowl in Jerusalem and throughout Judah would be sacred to God.'
  11. 'We mark that this day was sacred to the goddess Venus, to whom the Phoenicians consecrated the fish.'
  12. 'Personally, I prefer the mix of the secular and the sacred.'
  13. 'Mouridism links all secular and sacred activities.'
  14. 'With these cautionary statements in mind, we can consider whether from a spiritual point of view, it is possible to argue for a distinction between the sacred and secular realms of life.'
  15. 'The master plan of this rural campus creates a distinctive sense of place for both sacred and secular functions of the parish.'
  16. 'Music, sacred or secular, was one of his greatest pleasures.'
  17. 'It is not the domestication of the sacred or the religious of which I speak, but of the divine.'
  18. 'Often there is a fine line between the sacred and the secular.'
  19. 'The sacred and secular stories of South Asian music propel it along the path of diaspora.'
  20. 'Flemish and Netherlandish art deeply impressed Cassatt during her student years and provided many of her enduring themes, secular as well as sacred.'
  21. 'Whenever we come together in celebration - sacred or secular - we bring into focus a vortex of energy that renews both us and the place.'
  22. 'a sacred Hindu text'
  23. 'The most sacred text of the religion, and the most authoritative text of the culture, was the Koran.'
  24. 'Can mathematics define us more truly than the sacred texts of the world's faiths?'
  25. 'When they hear the sacred texts of the church, Papuans see a better future'
  26. 'Vases with flowers, candles, books of sacred texts, and a crucifix are also positioned on the altar.'
  27. 'Small children were reciting the Gayatri Mantra and other Sanskrit verses sacred to Hindus.'
  28. 'This is because religions are much more than their originating sacred texts.'
  29. 'Many people report that they benefit from reading poems or sacred texts silently or aloud, and taking a few moments to quietly reflect on the meaning that the words bring to mind.'
  30. 'Their contact with the outside world is limited to the annual festivals to which the public is invited, and the reading of sacred texts at funerals.'
  31. 'For instance, the sacred texts of many religions offer compelling narratives which, at their best, can promote ethical reflection and a sense of shared experience.'
  32. 'He said: ‘Her love and respect for the beauty and power of the sacred texts read at the Advent Carol Service shone brightly each time’.'
  33. 'A rare ritual burial of four horses has been discovered in an area experts regard as a sacred landscape surrounding one of the most important prehistoric sites in the North of England.'
  34. 'Sumacs are regarded as sacred trees by the North American Indians, who make medicines from many parts of the plant.'
  35. 'Then we continued on to the Blue Lake, where eating and drinking would trample Maori sensitivities, since they regard it as a sacred spot.'
  36. 'Cows are regarded as sacred animals in my religion.'
  37. 'The pilgrimage journey is the umbilical cord which connects them with a sacred place, and making the journey is a means of bodily enacting their spiritual identity.'
  38. 'In going to Lisieux recently, I fulfilled a desire (long and vaguely felt) to visit the home of a saint sacred to my family.'
  39. 'Many ancient churches and cathedrals in the British Isles, for example, are built on sites that were originally sacred to pagans.'
  40. 'Situated on an elevated rock outcropping 15 km from Kurdjali, it has been regarded as a sacred site for thousands of years.'
  41. 'This includes the Temple Mount, the area where Jewish temples stood in biblical times and which is regarded as the most sacred area in Judaism.'
  42. 'Women are widely regarded as sacred throughout Native America.'
  43. 'a profit-oriented public to whom nothing is sacred'
  44. 'I should have never let my father interfere with our sacred bond.'
  45. 'Extreme cases come from martyrs who choose death rather than violate principles which are sacred to them.'
  46. 'He doesn't allow anyone to photocopy a single page of his sacred text.'


1. devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.

2. entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.

3. pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane): sacred music; sacred books.

4. reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.

5. regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.

6. secured against violation, infringe

More examples(as adjective)

"cities can be sacred to moslems."

"cities can be sacred to jews."

"results can be sacred to oppositions."

"journeys can be sacred from reachs."

"words can be sacred to people."

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Late Middle English: past participle of archaic sacre ‘consecrate’, from Old French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacer, sacr- ‘holy’.