Definition of sacred adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈseɪkrɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈseɪkrɪd//
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  1. 1 connected with God or a god; considered to be holy a sacred image/shrine/temple sacred music Cows are sacred to Hindus.
  2. 2very important and treated with great respect synonym sacrosanct Human life must always be sacred. For journalists nothing is sacred (= they write about anything). Some companies offer five-year plans but there is nothing sacred about this length of time (= it can be changed). More Like This Adjectives ending in –ed pronounced /-ɪd/ aged, beloved, crooked, dogged, learned, naked, ragged, rugged, sacred, wickedSee worksheet.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: past participle of archaic sacre ‘consecrate’, from Old French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacer, sacr- ‘holy’.Extra examples The place was sacred to the Apaches. the feeling that all life should be held sacred a sacred image/​grove
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