Immaculate Conception


: the conception of the Virgin Mary in which as decreed in Roman Catholic dogma her soul was preserved free from original sin by divine grace
: December 8 observed as a Roman Catholic feast in commemoration of the Immaculate Conception

Examples of Immaculate Conception in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both Zegler girls attended Immaculate Conception High School after their mother saw the school's production of West Side Story in 2014. Emily Blackwood, Peoplemag, 20 Apr. 2024 She was accepted into the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception Province in Illinois, but could not take her first steps into religious life until that debt was paid off. Sejla Rizvic, New York Times, 4 Apr. 2024 There followed years of study, first in Argentina and at a mission in Chile, then teaching at the College of the Immaculate Conception in Santa Fe and at the College of the Savior in Buenos Aires. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 14 Mar. 2024 The roof of the Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción (Church of Immaculate Conception) is in failing condition, and water damage has caused sections of the adobe wall to collapse. Jonathan Shikes, The Denver Post, 1 Feb. 2024 That request was initially rebuffed; yet construction began on what is now known as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in 1871. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 The highest civil honor granted by the king features the motto virtuti et mérito — virtue and merit — plus an image of the sin-free Virgin of the Immaculate Conception floating on a crescent moon. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 28 Dec. 2023 Parishioners also joined other Catholic parishes in Revere, including Immaculate Conception Church. Breanne Kovatch,, 22 June 2023 His visit came one year to the day before Notre-Dame is scheduled to reopen, on Dec. 8, 2024, when Catholics will celebrate the Immaculate Conception. Aurelien Breeden, New York Times, 8 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Immaculate Conception was in 1597

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“Immaculate Conception.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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Immaculate Conception

: December 8 observed as a Roman Catholic festival in honor of the conception of the Virgin Mary as free from original sin

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