or·​di·​na·​tion | \ ˌȯr-də-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce ordination (audio) \

Definition of ordination

: the act or an instance of ordaining : the state of being ordained

Examples of ordination in a Sentence

He is a candidate for ordination. After his ordination, he will be assigned to a local parish.
Recent Examples on the Web Johnny — armed with an internet ordination — performs the ceremony in a gazebo by the water. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Firefly Lane Season 1," 8 Feb. 2021 Several said they were abused by Brignac, a longtime teacher in local Catholic schools, before his 1976 ordination as a deacon but after his 1960 dismissal from the Christian Brothers religious order. David A. Hammer, NOLA.com, "Monster in our midst: Despite predatory past, deacon welcomed back to Catholic institutions," 18 Dec. 2020 Between the dad’s penchant for stripping down to boxer shorts when relaxing at home, the mom’s general wackiness, and the seminarian who stays with the family before his ordination, Lockwood has lots of comic material to work with. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Fast Forward 2020 Winter Bookies reading list," 4 Jan. 2021 The German initiative aims to rethink church teaching and practice in areas including homosexuality, priestly celibacy and the ordination of women. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Pope Francis Warns Against Division in Response to Vatican Scandals," 21 Dec. 2020 Brignac's career with the church and the molestation cases against him, including a statement from his brother, Brignac's official ordination and even a job questionnaire in which Brignac acknowledged his child molestation charge. Staff Report, NOLA.com, "8 documents from George Brignac file that reveal how an abuser stayed near children for decades," 16 Dec. 2020 Several years after his ordination in 1968, Father Lawrence was appointed to what was considered a backwater downtown parish, St. Vincent de Paul Church on Front Street near the main post office. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Rev. Richard T. Lawrence, former St. Vincent de Paul pastor and advocate for the poor, dies," 28 Nov. 2020 Officially an atheist state, the Communist government nonetheless licenses five official faiths, and effectively decides on matters such as the ordination of bishops and reincarnation. James Griffiths, CNN, "China mulls new rules on foreigners' to 'prohibit religious extremism'," 25 Nov. 2020 Rabbi Joyce Newmark, a Conservative rabbi from Teaneck, N.J., won $29,200 during her appearance on the show, which aired on the 20th anniversary of her ordination. Philissa Cramer, sun-sentinel.com, "7 especially Jewish ‘Jeopardy!’ moments from Alex Trebek’s 36 years as host," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of ordination

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Ordination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordination. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ordination

: the official act or process of making someone a priest, minister, etc.

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