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sacred connected with God or a gods; deserving veneration.
sacred cow an idea, custom or institution held, especially unreasonably, to be above criticism (with reference to the Hindus' respect for the cow as a holy animal). The term is recorded in English in its literal sense from the late 19th century, and in figurative use from the early 20th.
sacred geese in ancient Rome, kept as guardians of the Capitol; they gave warning of attack by the Gauls in 390 bc, and saved the Capitol when the rest of the city fell.
Sacred Heart an image representing the heart of Christ, used as an object of devotion among Roman Catholics. In the Roman Catholic Church, the Feast of the Sacred Heart is observed on the Friday in the week following Corpus Christi.
Sacred Way a route used traditionally for religious processions or pilgrimages; in particular, in ancient Rome, the Via Sacra, a street leading to the Forum and passing a number of sacred buildings, including the temple of Vesta, from which it took its name.

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sacred, sacred versus profane distinction For Émile Durkheim and all subsequent sociologists of religion, the recognition of the absolute nature of the distinction between these two terms was and has been fundamental to their sub-discipline, both as a social fact and as something to be explained. Durkheim's classic statement of the distinction is that ‘Sacred things are those which the [religious] interdictions protect and isolate; profane things, those to which these interdictions are applied and which must remain at a distance from the first’ (The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life, 1912). Sacred phenomena are therefore considered extraordinary and set apart from everything else.

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sa·cred / ˈsākrid/ • adj. connected with God (or the gods) or dedicated to a religious purpose and so deserving veneration: sacred rites. ∎  religious rather than secular: sacred music. ∎  (of writing or text) embodying the laws or doctrines of a religion: a sacred Hindu text. ∎  regarded with great respect and reverence by a particular religion, group, or individual: an animal sacred to Mexican culture. ∎  sacrosanct: to a police officer nothing is sacred. DERIVATIVES: sa·cred·ly adv. sa·cred·ness n.

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