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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Examples of consecration in a Sentence

the consecration of the Host during Communion
Recent Examples on the Web Since then, the town has become a capital of youth basketball with tournaments in honor of the chapel’s consecration. New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 In 2003, the Episcopal Church General Convention approved the consecration of the first openly practicing gay bishop, Gene Robinson. al, 11 Dec. 2021 Eight days after the birth, as was customary, the infant was taken to Herod's Temple in Jerusalem for consecration. Jay Parini, CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 They Fall opens the way many a revenge tale opens: a bloody consecration that sends our hero on his way. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 9 Nov. 2021 The end of the story played out in the grim and foreordained American humiliation that unfolded over the past week — the consecration of the U.S. military loss. Adam Nossiter, New York Times, 21 Aug. 2021 Previously, the 2003 consecration of openly gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson was condemned by overseas Anglican groups as contrary to Scripture and 2,000 years of church tradition. al, 7 Aug. 2021 Her consecration as bishop is planned for September. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 The gray beard would reappear on her heroine Marian, as would her mistrust of institutional consecration. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of consecration

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of consecration was in the 14th century

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16 Jan 2022

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“Consecration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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