consecrate


1con·se·crate

adjective \ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrāt\

Definition of CONSECRATE

:  dedicated to a sacred purpose

Examples of CONSECRATE

  1. <the consecrate gold tablets which Joseph Smith claimed to have found>

First Known Use of CONSECRATE

14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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2consecrate

transitive verb

: to officially make (something, such as a place or building) holy through a special religious ceremony

: to officially make (someone) a priest, bishop, etc., through a special religious ceremony

consecrat·edconsecrat·ing

Full Definition of CONSECRATE

1
:  to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; especially :  to ordain to the office of bishop
2
a :  to make or declare sacred; especially :  to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony
b :  to effect the liturgical transubstantiation of (eucharistic bread and wine)
c :  to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication
3
:  to make inviolable or venerable <principles consecrated by the weight of history>
con·se·cra·tive \-ˌkrā-tiv\ adjective
con·se·cra·tor \-ˌkrā-tər\ noun
con·se·cra·to·ry \ˈkän(t)-si-krə-ˌtr-ē, -ˌkrā-tə-rē\ adjective

Examples of CONSECRATE

  1. <a philanthropist who consecrated his considerable fortune to an array of charitable causes>
  2. <plans to consecrate the altar in the new church with great ceremony>

Origin of CONSECRATE

Middle English, from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare, from com- + sacrare to consecrate — more at sacred
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to CONSECRATE

Other Christian Religious Terms

Pentateuch, blasphemy, curate, doxology, eremite, iconoclasm, liturgy, orison, pneuma, reliquary

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