• a Part of the Ancient Sacred Lake Of Osiris Near The Temple of Abydos
    a Part of the Ancient Sacred Lake Of Osiris Near The Temple of Abydos
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sacred (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person "a fund sacred to charity","a morning hour sacred to study","a private office sacred to the President"
    • adj sacred made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use "a consecrated church","the sacred mosque","sacred elephants","sacred bread and wine","sanctified wine"
    • adj sacred worthy of religious veneration "the sacred name of Jesus","Jerusalem's hallowed soil"
    • adj sacred concerned with religion or religious purposes "sacred texts","sacred rites","sacred music"
    • adj sacred worthy of respect or dedication "saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

SobkÛ, the God of The FayÛm, Under The Form Of A Sacred Crocodile SobkÛ, the God of The FayÛm, Under The Form Of A Sacred Crocodile

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ancient Egyptians believed that "Bast" was the mother of all cats on Earth. They also believed that cats were sacred animals.
    • Sacred Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to. "A temple, sacred to the queen of love."
    • Sacred Designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable. "Such neighbor nearness to our sacred royal] blood
      Should nothing privilege him."
      "Poet and saint to thee alone were given,
      The two most sacred names of earth and heaven."
    • Sacred Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable. "Secrets of marriage still are sacred held."
    • Sacred Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular; religious; as, sacred history. "Smit with the love of sacred song."
    • Sacred Set apart by solemn religious ceremony; especially, in a good sense, made holy; set apart to religious use; consecrated; not profane or common; as, a sacred place; a sacred day; sacred service.
    • Sacred Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful. "But, to destruction sacred and devote."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Paper bags are outlawed in grocery stores in Afghanistan. They believe paper is sacred.
    • sacred Hallowed, consecrated, or made holy by association with divinity or divine things, or by solemn religious ceremony or sanction; set apart, dedicated, or appropriated to holy or religious purposes or service; regarded as holy or under divine protection: as, a sacred place; a sacred day; sacred service; the sacred lotus.
    • sacred Devoted, dedicated, or consecrated with pious or filial intent: with to: as, a monument sacred to the memory of some one.
    • sacred Devoted to destruction or infamy; execrable; accursed; infamous.
    • sacred Of or pertaining to religion or divine things; relating to the service or will of the deity: opposed to secular and profane: as, sacred music; sacred history.
    • sacred Entitled to consideration, respect, or reverence; not to be thoughtlessly treated or intruded upon; venerable.
    • sacred Hence To be kept inviolate; not to be violated, profaned, or made common; inviolate.
    • sacred Not amenable to punishment; enjoying immunity: as, the king's person is sacred.
    • sacred Synonyms Sacred, Holy. Holy is stronger and more absolute than any word of cognate meaning. That which is sacred may derive its sanction from man; that which is holy has its sanctity directly from God or as connected with him. Hence we speak of the Holy Bible, and the sacred writings of the Hindus. He who is holy is absolutely or essentially free from sin; sacred is not a word of personal character. The opposite of holy is sinful or wicked; that of sacred is secular, profane, or common.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sacred sā′kred set apart or dedicated, esp. to God: made holy: proceeding from God: religious: entitled to respect or veneration: inviolable: devoted to destruction: opposed to secular, as sacred music or history: not liable to punishment
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  • Heraclitus
    “Bigotry is the sacred disease.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “The conscience is the sacred haven of the liberty of man.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.”
  • Bernard Joseph Saurin
    Bernard Joseph Saurin
    “Nothing is sacred to a gamester.”
  • Bernard Devoto
    Bernard Devoto
    “The trouble with the sacred Individual is that he has no significance, except as he can acquire it from others, from the social whole.”
  • Henry Miller
    “The new always carries with it the sense of violation, of sacrilege. What is dead is sacred; what is new, that is different, is evil, dangerous, or subversive.”


Sacred cow - Something that is a sacred cow is held in such respect that it cannot be criticised or attacked.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Originally p. p. of OE. sacren, to consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer, sacred, holy, cursed. Cf. Consecrate Execrate Saint Sexton
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. sacrer—L. sacrāre—L. sacer, sacred.


In literature:

An altar, on which the sacred fire burned perpetually, rose in the centre.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Any work which is inculcated in the sacred books is both sacred and useful in the scheme of redemption.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
The Russian people are very religious and Moscow is their sacred city.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
The bull was sacred in many places, and his worship underlay that of the human gods, who were said to be incarnated in him.
"The Religion of Ancient Egypt" by W. M. Flinders Petrie
Only a superstitious dread restrained it from laying hands upon them in a shrine so sacred and venerated.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
I do not mean that the Buddha of the sacred books and the Buddha of the Burman's belief are different persons.
"The Soul of a People" by H. Fielding
The Sacred Music Society was formed in New York City in 1823 and lasted till 1849.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
He had by heart all the laws of the sacred books; he was an adept in the inmost mysteries of the religion.
"The Cat of Bubastes" by G. A. Henty
In various Semitic lands there are also sacred streams and sacred caves.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Her head bent lower over the sacred bowl, but she made no lines.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan

In poetry:

Guards and shields thee not
With a sacred might,
Holy altar forms,
Deeds of glory bright?
"To Russia" by Ivan Nikitin
O gladsome light
Of the Father Immortal,
And of the celestial
Sacred and blessed
Jesus, our Saviour!
"The Golden Legend: II. A Farm In The Odenwald" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A warrior and a child
Pass'd through the sacred wood,
Which, like a mystery,
Around the temple stood.
"Hannibal's Oath" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
"Oh! sacred be her memory,
For ever dear her name;
There never was nor ere can be
A brighter juster dame.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior
"Within the dying ashes
I blow the sacred spark,
And make the hearts of lovers
To leap against the dark."II
"Earth Voices" by Bliss William Carman
Then shall I hear the sentence,
"You did it not to me,"
Come from the sacred Teacher
Who taught in Gallilee.
"The Future" by Jared Barhite

In news:

This week on our Global Notes segment we're heading to Fés , Morocco, site of the 18th edition of the Sacred Music Festival.
The Fès Festival of World Sacred Music.
Joe Fiedler Trio Sacred Chrome Orb.
For OSF's Sister Judith Ann Duvall, health care is foremost 'a sacred ministry'.
After earning degrees from Newton College of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University and Fordham University, she taught French at John Jay High School for six years.
Sacred Crossroads will sponsor Witchy Weekend Saturday and Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Congregagtion, 520 Kanawha Blvd W. Activities get under way with the Psychic Fair from noon to 5 pm Saturday.
Round up the sacred cows.
Formerly of Spencer, will be conducted at 10:30 am Saturday, Sept 15, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Kashmiri Indian Hindu pilgrims journey to sacred Amarnath cave.
For some yoga practitioners, the body is a sacred vessel that should not be tainted.
Bywater Art Lofts II, Placido Domingo , Stained Glass in Sacred Places, Danny Driver.
This wasn't pot paranoia, but a snapshot from back in the mid-'90s, long before the rise of your neighborhood marijuana dispensaries, when a man's stash was sacred and not so easily replaced.
The tiny girl came through the night and now is at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
Cedar Fields in Power County is an area considered sacred to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
Design is dead, the material world's sacred monster, Philippe Starck, announced to a German magazine a few weeks ago, citing all the "unnecessary" things he had created in the course of his 40-year career.

In science:

The authors wish to extend special thanks to those of Hawaiian ancestry on whose sacred mountain we are privileged to be guests.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
Of course, there is nothing sacred in the constant ‘5’ on the RHS of (4.5); any other constant does the job as well.
Random complex zeroes, II. Perturbed lattice
Finally the authors wish to extend thanks to those of Hawaiian ancestry on whose sacred mountain of Mauna Kea we are privileged to guests.
A Long-Period Jupiter-Mass Planet Orbiting the Nearby M Dwarf GJ849
Ils ne savent pas ce qu’ils perdent Tous ces sacr´es cabotins.
A Cylcotomic Investigation of the Fermat - Catalan Equation
The model of black hole states as field theory states around a stretched horizon gets the entropy right, but there is no sacred principle which tells us that anything else about it is correct.
Holographic Space-Time Does Not Predict Firewalls