Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To consecrate

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See saker.
  • transitive v. To consecrate; to make sacred.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hallow; dedicate; devote; set apart; consecrate.
  • n. A sacred solemnity or service.
  • n. See saker.

Etymologies

From Middle English sacren, sakeren, from Old French sacrer ("to hallow"), from Latin sacrō ("to make sacred", consecrate"), from sacer ("sacred", "holy"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A recent entry discussed the history of the multivalent word sacre carrying both the positive and negative connotations of Latin sacer; another explains why you sometimes have to use the singular even when it seems you're talking about something plural.

    languagehat.com: SPICY LANGUAGE.

  • The Greeks shouted forth oaths, warnings, entreaties, and directions, in their native tongue: with these were intermingled, in indescribable confusion, the English "d-- n," the French "sacre," the

    Journal of a Visit to Constantinople and Some of the Greek Islands in the Spring and Summer of 1833

  • English; his vocabulary being largely interspersed with "enfant de garce," "sacre," "sacre enfant," and "damn" until it was a difficult matter to tell what he was talking about.

    The old Santa Fe trail The Story of a Great Highway

  • The song of the Canadian boatman was heard no longer; but, in its place, the "sacre" and English exclamations were spluttered plentifully, and hurled at everything

    The Scalp Hunters

  • In Europe, Standard & Poor's stripped France of its AAA credit rating sacre bleu! and downgraded eight other countries.

    Arianna Huffington: Sunday Roundup

  • The shark needs to be distinguished from what is basically described as a giant great white shark; it needs to be different yet sacre people out of thier seats upon seeing it on the big screen.

    Meg Movie Might Still Live? « FirstShowing.net

  • Si autem aliqua soror infirmatur in tantum. quod eam inungi oporteat. tunc sacerdos ... oleum sacre unccionis deferat; et una sorore crucem portante. precedentibus duabus cum cereis. ad infirmariam uadat. et totus conuenteus eum processionaliter antecedat.

    Sensual Encounters: Monastic Women and Spirituality in Medieval Germany

  • Toward the end of his long, colorful, and largely scurrilous life, Uncle Alex was even known to shout grammatical advice at the TV screen when newscasters –sacre bleu!

    Author! Author! » Blog Archive » The dreaded Frankenstein manuscript, part VIII: but, then, what’s your function?

  • So if you consult an older list of formatting restrictions or one intended solely for short story formatting — both of which seem to be circulating at an unprecedented rate on the web of late, pretty much always billed as universally-applicable rules for any type of writing, anywhere, anyhow, a phenomenon which simply does not exist — you might conceivably be told that publications, song titles, and/or foreign words sacre bleu! should be underlined.

    Author! Author! » 2010 » February

  • The piece courted controversy when Nijinsky appeared to shudder in orgasm over a scarf abandoned by one of the nymphs, but the outcry was far exceeded the following year at the premiere of Nijinsky's account of human sacrifice Le sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), set to Stravinsky's brutal, elemental score.

    Sergei Diaghilev: first lord of the dance

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