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Meaning of SACRED

Pronunciation:  'seykrid

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (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"
  2. [adj]  made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use; "a consecrated chursh"; "the sacred mosque"; "sacred elephants"; "sacred bread and wine"; "sanctified wine"
  3. [adj]  worthy of religious veneration; "the sacred name of Jesus"; "Jerusalem's hallowed soil"
  4. [adj]  concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
  5. [adj]  worthy of respect or dedication; "saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"

SACRED is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: consecrated, dedicated, divine, hallowed, holy, ineffable, inspirational, inviolable, inviolate, numinous, religious, revered, reverenced, reverend, sacral, sacrosanct, sanctified, spiritual, sublime, taboo, tabu, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable, venerated, worthy
 Antonyms: profane
 See Also: consecrate, heavenly, pious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sa"cred\, a. [Originally p. p. of OE. sacren to
consecrate, F. sacrer, fr. L. sacrare, fr. sacer sacred,
holy, cursed. Cf. {Consecrate}, {Execrate}, {Saint},
1. 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.

2. Relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not
   secular; religious; as, sacred history.

         Smit with the love of sacred song.    --Milton.

3. 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.         --Shak.

         Poet and saint to thee alone were given, The two
         most sacred names of earth and heaven. --Cowley.

4. Hence, not to be profaned or violated; inviolable.

         Secrets of marriage still are sacred held. --Dryden.

5. Consecrated; dedicated; devoted; -- with to.

         A temple, sacred to the queen of love. --Dryden.

6. Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance,
   curse, or the like; accursed; baleful. [Archaic]

         But, to destruction sacred and devote. --Milton.

{Society of the Sacred Heart} (R.C. Ch.), a religious order
   of women, founded in France in 1800, and approved in 1826.
   It was introduced into America in 1817. The members of the
   order devote themselves to the higher branches of female

{Sacred baboon}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Hamadryas}.

{Sacred bean} (Bot.), a seed of the Oriental lotus ({Nelumbo
   speciosa} or {Nelumbium speciosum}), a plant resembling a
   water lily; also, the plant itself. See {Lotus}.

{Sacred beetle} (Zo["o]l.) See {Scarab}.

{Sacred canon}. See {Canon}, n., 3.

{Sacred fish} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of
   fresh-water African fishes of the family {Mormyrid[ae]}.
   Several large species inhabit the Nile and were considered
   sacred by the ancient Egyptians; especially {Mormyrus

{Sacred ibis}. See {Ibis}.

{Sacred monkey}. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) Any Asiatic monkey of the genus {Semnopithecus},
       regarded as sacred by the Hindoos; especially, the
       entellus. See {Entellus}.
   (b) The sacred baboon. See {Hamadryas}.
   (c) The bhunder, or rhesus monkey.

{Sacred place} (Civil Law), the place where a deceased person
   is buried.

Syn: Holy; divine; hallowed; consecrated; dedicated; devoted;
     religious; venerable; reverend. -- {Sa"cred*ly}, adv. --
     {Sa"cred*ness}, n.

Computing Dictionary

Reserved for exclusive use by something. The term might mean only writable by whatever it is sacred to.

For example, "Register 7 is sacred to the interrupt handler" would mean that if any other code changed the contents of register 7, dire consequences would ensue.

[jargon file]

 Definition: the sphere of extraordinary phenomena associated with awesome supernatural forces.