(adjective, verb)


1. concerned with religion or religious purposes

- sacred texts

- sacred rites

- sacred music

Similar word(s): consecrate, consecrated, dedicated, heavenly, pious, divine, ineffable, unnameable, unspeakable, unutterable, inspirational, inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanct, numinous, religious, spiritual, reverend, sublime, sacral, taboo, tabu

2. worthy of respect or dedication

- saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling

Similar word(s): worthy

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

- the sacred mosque

- sacred elephants

- sacred bread and wine

Similar word(s): holy, consecrated, sanctified

4. worthy of religious veneration

- the sacred name of Jesus

Similar word(s): holy, hallowed

5. (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

Similar word(s): dedicated

Sentences with sacred as an adjective:

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

- Such neighbor nearness to our sacred [royal] blood Should nothing privilege him. William ShakespearePoet and saint to thee alone were given, The two most sacred names of earth and heaven. -Cowley.

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

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

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


1. simple past tense and past participle of sacre