hallowed vs sacred what difference

what is difference between hallowed and sacred



From Middle English halwed (hallowed, sacred, sanctified), from Old English ġehālgod (hallowed, sacred, sanctified), past participle of hālgian (to hallow, make holy). Equivalent to hallow +‎ -ed. More at hallow.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhaləʊd/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhæloʊd/
  • Homophone: halloed


hallowed (comparative more hallowed, superlative most hallowed)

  1. Consecrated or sanctified; sacred, holy.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Luke XI:
      When ye praye, saye: Oure father which arte in heven, halowed be thy name.


  • (sanctified, blessed): unhallowed

Derived terms

  • mishallowed
  • unhallowed




  1. simple past tense and past participle of hallow


Etymology 1

From Middle English sacred, isacred, past participle of sacren, sakeren (to make holy, hallow), from Old French sacrer (to consecrate, anoint, dedicate), from Latin sacrāre, present active infinitive of sacrō, from sacer (sacred, holy), from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂krós (sacred), from *seh₂k- (to sanctify, to make a treaty).


  • IPA(key): /ˈseɪkɹɪd/


sacred (comparative more sacred or sacreder, superlative most sacred or sacredest)

  1. Characterized by solemn religious ceremony or religious use, especially, in a positive sense; consecrated, made holy.
    • 1882, Edward Shortland, Maori Religion and Mythology
      In doing this I particularly instructed my informant to tell his tale as if he were relating it to his own people, and to use the same words that he would use if he were recounting similar tales to them when assembled in a sacred house.
    • 1955, anonymous, The Urantia Book : The Time of the Tomb:
      The cross is that high symbol of sacred service, the devotion of one’s life to the welfare and salvation of one’s fellows. The cross is not the symbol of the sacrifice of the innocent Son of God in the place of guilty sinners and in order to appease the wrath of an offended God, but it does stand forever, on earth and throughout a vast universe, as a sacred symbol of the good bestowing themselves upon the evil and thereby saving them by this very devotion of love.
    • November 30 2016, Joe Whittle writing in The Guardian, ‘We opened eyes’: at Standing Rock, my fellow Native Americans make history
      Their intent was to march peacefully down a county road to DAPL headquarters, where tribal elders would pray and hold ceremony to bless the sacred sites being disturbed by pipeline construction.
    Synonyms: consecrated, hallowed
  2. Religious; relating to religion, or to the services of religion; not secular
  3. Spiritual; concerned with metaphysics.
  4. Designated or exalted by a divine sanction; possessing the highest title to obedience, honor, reverence, or veneration; entitled to extreme reverence; venerable.
  5. Not to be profaned or violated; inviolable.
    Synonyms: inviolable, sacrosanct
  6. (followed by the preposition “to”) Consecrated; dedicated; devoted
    Synonym: consecrated
  7. (archaic) Solemnly devoted, in a bad sense, as to evil, vengeance, curse, or the like; accursed; baleful.
  • divine
  • godly
  • holy
  • cursed
  • damned
  • profane
  • unholy
  • ungodly
Derived terms
Related terms

Etymology 2


  • IPA(key): /ˈseɪkəd/



  1. simple past tense and past participle of sacre


  • Cerdas, Dacres, Des Arc, caders, cadres, cedars, crased, decars, e-cards, ecards, scared

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