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SAT vocabulary: hallowed

More vocabulary related to Halloween! What does hallowed mean? Unlike yesterday’s word, it’s definitely not spooky or eerie.

Quick Vocab Quiz for the word hallowed

First, before you read the explanation, definition, and discussion of the word hallowed, try this quick vocab quiz:

hallowed most nearly means

(A) wholly (B) hot (C) hoarse (D) holy (E) holistic

(Answer is below.)

Part of Speech: ADJECTIVE

Pronunciations: IPA: /ˈhæ.loud/ Glossary-style: [HAH-load]

Definition: holy or sacred. worthy of great respect.

Example: The area in which the perceived miracle occurred was considered hallowed ground, and over the years became a pilgrimage destination for many believers.

Discussion: If something is hallowed, as a place or a name, then it is holy or blessed (in the religious sense) or highly respected or venerated. For example, religious people may talk about an area that is hallowed (“hallowed ground” is a common phrase) and some established institutions are referred to as hallowed if they’ve existed for many years and are widely respected. For example, some courts or educational instutions may be regarded as hallowed because they are generally perceived as contributing to society.

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By Erin Billy

Founder of TestMagic, Inc. in San Francisco, USA.

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