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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
sacred (adjective)
1.
a) dedicated or set apart for the service or worship of a deity - a tree sacred to the gods
b) devoted exclusively to one service or use (as of a person or purpose) - a fund sacred to charity
2.
a) worthy of religious veneration - holy
b) entitled to reverence and respect
3.
of or relating to religion not secular or profane - sacred music
4.
archaic - accursed
5.
a) - unassailable inviolable
b) highly valued and important - a sacred responsibility
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
sacred (adjective)
1.
not to be violated, criticized, or tampered with
SYNONIMS:
hallowed, holy, inviolable, sacrosanct, unassailable, untouchable
RELATED WORDS:
inviolate, pure; privileged, protected, secure, shielded; exempt, immune
NEAR ANTONYMS:
blasphemous, irreverent, profane, sacrilegious
sacred (adjective)
2.
of, relating to, or being God
SYNONIMS:
blessed ( blest), divine, godlike, godly, heavenly, sacred, supernatural
RELATED WORDS:
eternal, everlasting, immortal; all-powerful, almighty, omnipotent, omniscient, supreme
NEAR ANTONYMS:
human, mortal, natural
sacred (adjective)
3.
of, relating to, or used in the practice or worship services of a religion
SYNONIMS:
devotional, sacred, spiritual
RELATED WORDS:
blessed ( blest), consecrated, hallowed, holy, sacrosanct, sanctified; solemn; liturgical, ritual, sacramental; semireligious, semisacred
NEAR ANTONYMS:
earthly, mundane, terrene, terrestrial, worldly
nonreligious, profane, secular
sacred (adjective)
4.
set apart or worthy of veneration by association with God
SYNONIMS:
blessed ( blest), consecrate, consecrated, hallowed, sacral, sacred, sacrosanct, sanctified
RELATED WORDS:
adored, enshrined, glorified, revered, venerated, worshipped ( worshiped); ceremonial, liturgical, priestly, religious, ritual, sacramental, spiritual; biblical, scriptural
NEAR ANTONYMS:
nonreligious, unspiritual; earthly, mundane, profane, secular, temporal, worldly
deconsecrated, desacralized, unconsecrated, unhallowed
sacred (adjective)
5.
deserving honor and respect especially by reason of age
SYNONIMS:
hallowed, revered, reverend, sacred, venerated
RELATED WORDS:
honorable, reputable, respectable; considered, esteemed, honored, respected, reverenced; admirable, distinguished, estimable, redoubtable, worthy; good, moral, noble, righteous
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bad, discreditable, disgraceful, dishonorable, disreputable, ignominious, infamous, loose, notorious, shameful; immoral, seamy, shadowy, shady, sordid, unsavory, vile, wicked; base, contemptible, despicable, detestable, dirty, low, mean, wretched
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