1. worthy of religious veneration

    Synonyms : hallowed
    Examples :
    • the sacred name of Jesus
  2. made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use

    Synonyms : consecrated, sanctified
    Examples :
    • the sacred mosque
    • sacred elephants
    • sacred bread and wine
  3. concerned with religion or religious purposes

    Antonyms : profane
    Examples :
    • sacred texts
    • sacred rites
    • sacred music
  4. (often followed by `to') devoted exclusively to a single use or purpose or person

    Examples :
    • a fund sacred to charity
    • a morning hour sacred to study
    • a private office sacred to the President
  5. worthy of respect or dedication

    Examples :
    • saw motherhood as woman's sacred calling


  1. close observation of a person or group (usually by the police)

    Type Of : police investigation, police work


  1. any hormone affecting the development and growth of sex organs

    Synonyms : sex hormone, steroid hormone
    Type Of : endocrine, internal secretion, hormone
  2. any of several fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms in four rings; many have important physiological effects

    Type Of : organic compound


  1. a personal belief or judgment that is not founded on proof or certainty

    Synonyms : opinion, persuasion, thought, view
    Type Of : belief
  2. tender, romantic, or nostalgic feeling or emotion

    Type Of : feeling


  1. rebuking a person harshly

    Synonyms : chiding, objurgation, tongue-lashing
    Type Of : rebuke, reprehension, reprimand, reproof, reproval


  1. an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service)

    Synonyms : discourse, preaching
    Type Of : address, speech
  2. a moralistic rebuke

    Synonyms : preaching
    Type Of : lecture, talking to, speech


  1. a temporary resident

    Type Of : occupant, occupier, resident


  1. the head and sharpened point of a spear

    Synonyms : spear-point, spearpoint
    Type Of : point
  2. be the leader of

    Type Of : lead, head
    Examples :
    • She spearheaded the effort to find a cure for the disease
  3. someone who leads or initiates an activity (attack or campaign etc.)

    Type Of : leader
  4. the leading military unit in an attack

    Type Of : military group, force, military force, military unit


  1. the quality of being hypocritically devout

    Synonyms : sanctimoniousness
    Type Of : hypocrisy


  1. a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)

    Synonyms : lassitude, lethargy
    Type Of : torpidity, torpor
  2. inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy

    Synonyms : flatness, languor, lethargy, phlegm
    Type Of : inertia, inactivity, inactiveness
    Examples :
    • the general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends
  3. the pace of things that move relatively slowly

    Type Of : pace, rate
    Examples :
    • the sluggishness of the economy
    • the sluggishness of the compass in the Arctic cold