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    Holy VS sacred

    Hello,

    What is the difference between "holy" and "sacred"? Is "holy" necessarily related to religion? Is there a difference between a "holy ground" and a "sacred ground"?

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    Nawee

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    Re: Holy VS sacred

    I don't see much difference. Holy is an Anglo-Saxon word. Sacred is Latin. Perhaps holy sounds like an inherent property of an object, while sacred sounds like it is similarly valued by a community, but I'm not sure if that is just my perception of the words.

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    Re: Holy VS sacred

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Hello,

    What is the difference between "holy" and "sacred"? Is "holy" necessarily related to religion? Is there a difference between a "holy ground" and a "sacred ground"?

    Thank you.

    Nawee
    The two words are often synonyms. "Holy" almost always has a religious connotation whereas "sacred" has some secular meanings.

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    Re: Holy VS sacred

    Sacred is more likely to be used in secular contexts- a football ground could be described as sacred​ to fans, but is less likely to be described as holy.

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