con·​se·​crat·​ed | \ ˈkän(t)-sə-ˌkrā-təd How to pronounce consecrated (audio) \

Definition of consecrated

: having been consecrated: such as
a : inducted into a permanent office with a religious rite Three hours later she went forth from the abbey, amid the greatest rejoicing, a crowned and consecrated Queen.— Harry Boardman especially : ordained to the office of bishop newly consecrated bishops
b : made or declared sacred … a legend which tells of how a one-day supply of consecrated oil which the Maccabees used for the re-dedication of the desecrated Temple lasted for eight days until more could be obtained.World Religions This week the Vatican issued a directive not to scatter the ashes of loved ones after cremation … . Remains of loved ones should be spread only in consecrated graveyards or holy places specifically dedicated to this purpose— Mandy Johnston especially : devoted irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony a consecrated church Sister Carol said that throughout her 50 years in consecrated life [life as a religious], she has always tried to minister with joy. St. John Valley Times (Madawaska, Maine)
c of Eucharistic bread and wine : transubstantiated by liturgical rite the consecrated host Foremost among them, from the orthodox point of view, was the tradition of the Eucharist, the sacramental bread and wine, each consecrated particle and drop of which, according to the doctrine of concomitance, contained within it the whole body and blood of Christ …— Mitchell B. Merback

First Known Use of consecrated

1549, in the meaning defined above

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“Consecrated.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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