|Origin:||Past participle of sacre 'to make holy' (13-17 centuries), from Old French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacer 'holy'|
relating to a god or religion:
a sacred vow
the miraculous powers of sacred relics
Certain animals were considered sacred.
The land is sacred to these tribesmen.
very important or greatly respected:
Human life is sacred.
Frontiers which have held for over forty years are no longer sacred.
Few things were sacred to Henry, but local history was one of them.
He had no respect for everything I held sacred.
used to express shock when something you think is valuable or important is being changed or harmed
—sacredness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: god
the sacredness of human life
places where people worship God: church (Christians)
temple (Buddhists and Hindus)
treated with great respect because of being connected with God: holy, sacred
having strong beliefs in God: devout, pious
someone who does not believe in God : atheist
someone who is not sure if God exists: agnosticgod
➔ See also god