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Topic: RELIGION

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: Past participle of sacre 'to make holy' (13-17 centuries), from Old French sacrer, from Latin sacrare, from sacer 'holy'

sacred

adjective
     
sa‧cred
1RR relating to a god or religion:
a sacred vow
the miraculous powers of sacred relics
Certain animals were considered sacred.
sacred to
The land is sacred to these tribesmen.
2RR very important or greatly respected:
Human life is sacred.
Frontiers which have held for over forty years are no longer sacred.
sacred to
Few things were sacred to Henry, but local history was one of them.
He had no respect for everything I held sacred.
3

is nothing sacred?

spoken used to express shock when something you think is valuable or important is being changed or harmed
sacredness noun [uncountable]
the sacredness of human life
WORD FOCUS: god WORD FOCUS: god
places where people worship God: church (Christians)
temple
(Buddhists and Hindus)
mosque
(Muslims)
synagogue
(Jews)

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: agnostic
god

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