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 sacramental (audio) \ adverb

Examples of sacramental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The sacramental role played by the Christian religion in investing the quotidian particulars of everyday life with universal meaning therefore played a huge and critical role in Coleridge’s mind in staving off political radicalism. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "England’s Most Underrated Political Philosopher," 23 Apr. 2021 Theater is steeped in almost sacramental rituals, from the repetition of rehearsal to the communion of performance. New York Times, "5 Things to Do This Weekend," 11 Mar. 2021 Put simply, many Republicans felt that Donald Trump represented them not just in a political sense but almost in a sacramental one. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Ghost of Theodore Roosevelt," 28 Feb. 2021 The island also allows individuals to cultivate up to five plants, and Rastafarians are legally allowed to smoke ganja for sacramental purposes. Star Tribune, "Jamaica faces marijuana shortage as farmers struggle," 5 Feb. 2021 But defiance by Orthodox hard-liners and the church’s unflinching commitment to the tradition of holy communion, where worshipers consume sacramental bread soaked in wine from a common spoon, appears to have undercut those good intentions. New York Times, "Greek Orthodox Church Faces Criticism as Virus Hits Its Ranks," 5 Dec. 2020 There are no processions or recessions, and during Holy Communion priests do not serve sacramental wine. James Estrin, New York Times, "Staying Apart, But Praying Together," 15 Nov. 2020 However, not even laicization erases the sacramental imprint of ordination. Ramon Antonio Vargas,, "Archbishop Aymond asking all diocesan priests credibly accused of child sex abuse to leave the clergy entirely," 21 Oct. 2020 In the state of Utah, churches that serve sacramental wine as part of their communion are required by law to have a license to do so. Kelly Cannon, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘Utah Booze News’ podcast: How churches get their sacramental wine in Utah," 1 Oct. 2020

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Sacramental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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