sac·​ra·​men·​tal | \ˌsa-krə-ˈmen-tᵊl \

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 \ adverb

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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 Holy Communion will continue in the Norwich Diocese, however people are encouraged to receive the sacramental bread, which represents the body of Christ, in their hands instead of on the tongue. Ken Byron,, "Flu Season Prompts Precautions During Catholic Masses In Connecticut," 30 Jan. 2018 The coat speaks of indigenous hunters’ sacramental relationship with their prey, the Osiris figure of the new life engendered by the Nile. The Economist, "Transcendental meditationNeil MacGregor on living with gods," 2 Nov. 2017 In this way, even humble tasks can become a sacramental gesture, sanctified by the divine. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Devotions' collects five decades of poetry by Mary Oliver," 19 Oct. 2017 Roman Catholic soldiers make up the largest denominational group in the Army, and the sacramental ministry our Catholic chaplains provide is irreplaceable. WSJ, "A Surprising Number of Vocations Via the Military," 17 Aug. 2017

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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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