What is sacred?

  • (adj): Worthy of respect or dedication.
    Example: "Saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling"
    See also — Additional definitions below


SACRED was a Cubesat built by the Student Satellite Program of the University of Arizona. It was the product of the work of about 50 students, ranging from college freshmen to Ph. D. students, over the course of several years. It was launched, after being postponed several times, on board a Dnepr on July 26, 2006. The launch was a failure.

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... and indeterminate native significance, they included sacred ceremonies, stone objects, wooden sacred objects, bullroarers, sacred ground paintings, ceremonial poles, ceremonial ...
Sacred Heart Cathedral (Davenport, Iowa) - Sacred Heart Cathedral - Name Change
... from Pope Leo XIII to name the new church Sacred Heart Cathedral ... Both Trevis and Cosgrove had a devotion to the Sacred Heart and Bishop Cosgrove had the image emblazoned on his coat of arms ... Sacred Heart Cathedral was the first cathedral to be dedicated to the Sacred Heart in the United States ...
Catholic Liturgy - Devotional Life of The Church
... devotions In addition to the sacraments, instituted by Christ, there are many sacramentals, sacred signs (rituals or objects) that derive their power from the prayer of the Church ... examples are blessings (which dedicate a place or thing to sacred usage, or place a person under God's protection) sacred medals, holy water, rosaries, icons, holy ... veneration of relics of saints, visits to sacred shrines, pilgrimages, processions (including Eucharistic processions), the Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross), Holy Hours ...
Desecrator - Detail
... This can include desecration of sacred books, sacred places or sacred objects ... To respectfully remove the sacred character of a place or an object is deconsecration, and is distinct from desecration ...
Nara Park - Deer
... According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine, Takenomikazuchi-no-mikoto ... point, the deer were considered divine and sacred by both Kasuga Shrine and Kōfuku-ji ... Killing one of these sacred deer was a capital offense punishable by death up until 1637, the last recorded date of a breach of that law ...

More definitions of "sacred":

  • (adj): Worthy of religious veneration.
    Example: "The sacred name of Jesus"
    Synonyms: hallowed
  • (adj): Made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use.
    Example: "The sacred mosque"; "sacred elephants"; "sacred bread and wine"
    Synonyms: consecrated, sanctified
  • (adj): (often followed by 'to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person.
    Example: "A fund sacred to charity"; "a morning hour sacred to study"; "a private office sacred to the President"
  • (adj): Concerned with religion or religious purposes.
    Example: "Sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"

Famous quotes containing the word sacred:

    Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it “the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.” The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of “Artist.”
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1845)

    The very locusts and crickets of a summer day are but later or earlier glosses on the Dherma Sastra of the Hindoos, a continuation of the sacred code.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The sacred is found boring by many who find the uncanny fascinating.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)