sac·​ra·​men·​tal | \ ˌsa-krə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce sacramental (audio) \

Definition of sacramental

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or having the character of a sacrament sacramental wine
2 : suggesting a sacrament (as in sacredness)



Definition of sacramental (Entry 2 of 2)

: an action or object (such as the rosary) of ecclesiastical origin that serves to express or increase devotion

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sacramentally \ ˌsa-​krə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce sacramentally (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sacramental in a Sentence

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Priests are set apart, by celibacy, by sacramental powers. Garry Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Garry Wills," 29 June 2016 Archbishop Fisher, however, has argued that church law and teaching require absolute secrecy for all the contents of a sacramental confession. Rob Taylor And, WSJ, "New Laws Require Priests to Break the ‘Seal of Confession’," 3 Aug. 2018 In some cases priests used sacramental objects as props for their diabolical predations. C.c. Pecknold, WSJ, "The Catholic Bishops Who Failed Us All," 16 Aug. 2018 And the church certainly has the sacramental tools for genuine healing and forgiveness. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "When the Cardinal Sins," 30 July 2018 The abuse, the man said, occurred in sacramental confession and on outings after Hart had become bishop. Judy L. Thomas, kansascity, "Could former KC priest, 86, still face charges? Yes, but 'there is an issue of time'," 3 July 2018 In Tjukurpa law that guides Anangu life, the rocks are sacramental grounds and must not be climbed. Nick Kontis, USA TODAY, "Photo tour: Australia’s iconic Uluru (aka Ayers Rock)," 16 Apr. 2018 Some churches have run out of the ingredient needed to make the sacramental bread that is central to celebrating the Holy Eucharist throughout the year -- and on Easter Sunday, according to local reports. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Venezuelans lack Communion wafers this Easter, so a Colombian church stepped in," 30 Mar. 2018 So was the Picchetti property, almost: Vincenzo’s descendants uprooted their vines, save for the 0.7 acres of Zinfandel remaining today, which was spared to produce sacramental wine. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Community of small growers emerges on Cupertino’s Montebello Road," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of sacramental


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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