ordination

noun
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 The core arguments against ordination as deacon, priest or bishop of more than half of all Catholics are far from persuasive. Kirsten Powers, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 Some 1,600 women were enrolled in Southern Baptist divinity programs, many of them likely seeking ordination. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 25 Apr. 2022 These dovetailed into the official ordination of a new, fully Thai, national dish. New York Times, 17 Mar. 2022 Women of all ages, however, are barred from ordination and therefore barred from serving as bishops, apostles and prophets, among other types of leaders. Caroline Kline, The Conversation, 14 Dec. 2021 Women of all ages, however, are barred from ordination and therefore prevented from serving as bishops, apostles and prophets, among other types of leaders. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 In her book, Zagano makes the case for the ordination of women deacons as the next obvious step toward full equality for women in the church. Kirsten Powers, CNN, 31 Mar. 2022 McGee Street was part of a network within the Episcopal Church who agitated for the ordination of women priests. Daniela Altimari, courant.com, 8 Mar. 2022 The consequences for Hood went beyond his own baptism and other sacraments, including priestly ordination. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, 22 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ordination

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Ordination.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordination. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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