con·​se·​cra·​tion | \ ˌkän(t)-sə-ˈkrā-shən How to pronounce consecration (audio) \

Definition of consecration

1 : the act or ceremony of consecrating
2 : the state of being consecrated
3 capitalized : the part of a Communion rite in which the bread and wine are consecrated

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Synonyms for consecration


blessing, hallowing, sanctification

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Examples of consecration in a Sentence

the consecration of the Host during Communion

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The consecration of one near the village of Omto is followed by a rally of some 2,000 tribal men carrying primitive weapons. The Economist, "Stone-carving villagers make Indian officials jittery," 7 June 2018 For its re-consecration, a parade of dignitaries is being arranged by Abundant Life’s spiritual leader (Cedric Kyles, aka Cedric the Entertainer). Michael Phillips,, "'First Reformed' review: Ethan Hawke’s bracing dark night of the soul," 24 May 2018 As the 250th anniversary of the church’s consecration approaches, the pews are mostly empty on Sunday. Paul Schrader, New York Times, "Review: ‘First Reformed’ Is an Epiphany. Ethan Hawke Is, Too.," 17 May 2018 The sunny day started with a consecration of the grounds, at each of the four corners of the church. Silvia Foster-frau, San Antonio Express-News, "Six months later, Sutherland Springs residents count their blessings," 5 May 2018 The consecration of Elisa and fish-man’s love is almost incidental; their on-screen chemistry is fantastic. Esquire, "And the Best Picture Should Be...," 23 Feb. 2018 Luther’s great departure from what would become majority Protestant practice and belief was his doctrine of consubstantiation, which retained for most purposes the Catholic understanding of the consecration of the elements of the Eucharist. Marilynne Robinson, New Republic, "The Luther Legend," 12 Dec. 2017 The atmospherics around that consecration tend to default to masculinity because the mechanisms that do the consecrating are overwhelmingly male. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Should Women Make Their Own Pop Music Canon?," 5 Oct. 2017 Kosovo President Hashim Thaci and religious leaders from Kosovo and Albania were among the hundreds of people in Pristina who attended a consecration ceremony on Tuesday for the landmark, now named St. Teresa Cathedral. Washington Post, "Kosovo devotes cathedral to St. Teresa 20 years after death," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of consecration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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