sacred

sacred

[sey-krid]
adjective
1.
devoted or dedicated to a deity or to some religious purpose; consecrated.
2.
entitled to veneration or religious respect by association with divinity or divine things; holy.
3.
pertaining to or connected with religion (opposed to secular or profane ): sacred music; sacred books.
4.
reverently dedicated to some person, purpose, or object: a morning hour sacred to study.
5.
regarded with reverence: the sacred memory of a dead hero.
6.
secured against violation, infringement, etc., as by reverence or sense of right: sacred oaths; sacred rights.
7.
properly immune from violence, interference, etc., as a person or office.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English, orig. past participle of sacren to consecrate < Latin sacrāre to devote, derivative of sacer holy; see -ed2

sacredly, adverb
sacredness, noun
nonsacred, adjective
nonsacredly, adverb
nonsacredness, noun
pseudosacred, adjective
semisacred, adjective
supersacred, adjective
unsacred, adjective
unsacredly, adverb

sacred, sacrosanct.


2. venerable, divine. See holy. 4. consecrated. 5. revered. 6. sacrosanct. 7. inviolate, inviolable.


2. blasphemous.
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sacred (ˈseɪkrɪd)
 
adj
1.  exclusively devoted to a deity or to some religious ceremony or use; holy; consecrated
2.  worthy of or regarded with reverence, awe, or respect
3.  protected by superstition or piety from irreligious actions
4.  connected with or intended for religious use: sacred music
5.  dedicated to; in honour of
 
[C14: from Latin sacrāre to set apart as holy, from sacer holy]
 
'sacredly
 
adv
 
'sacredness
 
n

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sacred
c.1300, from pp. of obsolete verb sacren "to make holy" (early 13c.), from O.Fr. sacrer (12c.), from L. sacrare "to make sacred, consecrate," from sacer (gen. sacri) "sacred, dedicated, holy, accursed," from O.L. saceres, which Tucker connects to base *saq- "bind, restrict, enclose, protect," explaining
that "words for both 'oath' & 'curse' are regularly words of 'binding.' " But Buck merely groups it with Oscan sakrim, Umbrian sacra and calls it "a distinctive Italic group, without any clear outside connections." Nasalized form is sancire "make sacred, confirm, ratify, ordain." Sacred cow "object of Hindu veneration," is from 1891; figurative sense is first recorded 1910, from Western views of Hinduism.
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Slang Dictionary

sacred

adj. Reserved for the exclusive use of something (an extension of the standard meaning). Often means that anyone may look at the sacred object, but clobbering it will screw whatever it is sacred to. The comment "Register 7 is sacred to the interrupt handler" appearing in a program would be interpreted by a hacker to mean that if any _other_ part of the program changes the contents of register 7, dire consequences are likely to ensue.
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sacred definition

jargon
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]
(2002-12-30)

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sacred

the power, being, or realm understood by religious persons to be at the core of existence and to have a transformative effect on their lives and destinies. Other terms, such as holy, divine, transcendent, ultimate being (or reality), mystery, and perfection (or purity) have been used for this domain. "Sacred" is also an important technical term in the scholarly study and interpretation of religions

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