consecrate Transitive verb. To declare or set apart as holy or sacred. To dedicate to a worthy goal or service. From the Latin sacer, meaning “sacred” The ancient Romans consecrated the Pantheon as a place of worship of all the gods.
credo A system of fundamental beliefs or guiding principles. From the Latin word credere, meaning “to believe” Honesty with herself and others is a vital part of Monica’s credo.
desecrate Transitive verb. To violate or abuse the sacredness of; profane. To treat irreverently, thereby arousing outrage in others. Vandals desecrated the cemetery.
laudable Adjective. Deserving praise; commendable. From the Latin word laus, meaning “praise” Efforts to create quality work and not merely complete assignments are laudable.
pious Adjective. Having or exhibiting reverence in the observance of religion; devout. Professing or exhibiting a strict, traditional sense of virtue. Marked by false devoutness; solemnly hypocritical.
sacrilegious Disrespectful or irreverent toward something sacred. In Homer’s Iliad, two Greeks are guilty of sacrilegious behavior when they steal an image of Athena from the Trojans.
sanctimony Pretended devoutness or righteousness; a hypocritical show of holiness. Related Words: sanctimonious and sanctimoniously My grandmother’s life was free of sanctimony and ostentatious display.
sanctity The quality or condition of being considered sacred. Holiness of life; saintliness. During the wedding ceremony, the bride and groom were reminded of the sanctity of their vows.
supplicate Transitive verb. To make a humble entreaty to; beseech. To ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying. Caught stealing food, the serfs supplicated the lord of the manor for mercy.
venerate Transitive verb. To regard with respect, reverence, or deference. Throughout the world, people venerated Mother Teresa for her work among the needy.
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