sacrament

noun
sac·​ra·​ment | \ ˈsa-krə-mənt How to pronounce sacrament (audio) \

Definition of sacrament

1a : a Christian rite (such as baptism or the Eucharist) that is believed to have been ordained by Christ and that is held to be a means of divine grace or to be a sign or symbol of a spiritual reality
b : a religious rite or observance comparable to a Christian sacrament
2 capitalized
3 : something likened to a religious sacrament saw voting as a sacrament of democracy

Examples of sacrament in a Sentence

They stood in line to receive the Sacrament.
Recent Examples on the Web The painting commemorates a Christian sacrament, but it is framed with Native dancers and an Indigenous sport where men suspended on ropes from their ankles or waists whirl around a tall wooden post — sort of an extreme maypole. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 The faith’s lay leaders can, of course, forbid members from taking the sacrament (as Latter-day Saints call it) for disciplinary purposes. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 June 2022 No pope has travelled to L’Aquila since to close out the annual feast, which celebrates the sacrament of forgiveness so dear to Francis, noted the current archbishop of L’Aquila, Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 5 June 2022 No pope has traveled to L'Aquila since to close out the annual feast, which celebrates the sacrament of forgiveness so dear to Francis, noted the current archbishop of L'Aquila, Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 No pope has traveled to L’Aquila since to close out the annual feast, which celebrates the sacrament of forgiveness so dear to Francis, noted the current archbishop of L’Aquila, Cardinal Giuseppe Petrocchi. Fox News, 5 June 2022 Archbishop Cordileone isn’t the first American prelate to bar a Catholic politician from the sacrament. J.d. Flynn, WSJ, 22 May 2022 Cordileone last week instructed the priests in his archdiocese to not allow Pelosi to receive Communion, a holy sacrament and part of the Mass service for Catholics. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 May 2022 After all, Latter-day Saint chapels around the world were entirely shut down for much of the year, so many parents could not have their children formally blessed in sacrament meeting. The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sacrament

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sacrament

Middle English sacrement, sacrament, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French, from Late Latin sacramentum, from Latin, oath of allegiance, obligation, from sacrare to consecrate

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25 Jun 2022

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“Sacrament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sacrament. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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sacrament

noun
sac·​ra·​ment | \ ˈsa-krə-mənt How to pronounce sacrament (audio) \

Kids Definition of sacrament

: a Christian religious act or ceremony that is considered especially sacred

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