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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Other Words from sacramental


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

Examples of sacramental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The presidency has mutated and turned metastatic, with the president becoming a sort of ersatz Roman emperor whose main importance to public life is no longer administrative but ceremonial and sacramental. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Impeachment and the Broken Truce," 14 Nov. 2019 Where the Mass is, there is God Himself, really, truly, though under sacramental veils. al, "Priest supported closing churches during 1918 flu pandemic, lamented loss of Mass," 17 Apr. 2020 An ineffably sacramental nuance in paintings from the Dutch seventeenth century, which luxuriate in the ordinary existence of ordinary people, evokes the impermanence of human contentment. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Mortality and the Old Masters," 6 Apr. 2020 Others have done away with the kiddush cup, a communal goblet of sacramental wine. Sarah Maslin Nir, New York Times, "Purim Festivities Were Set, Costumes and All. Then Coronavirus Struck," 9 Mar. 2020 This includes fish fries, bingo and other parish social, athletic or other non-liturgical or non-sacramental events of over 100 people. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "Many Cleveland area non-profit fish frys canceled due to coronavirus precautions; restaurants staying open," 13 Mar. 2020 As fears of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus continue, Birmingham’s Catholic bishop has suspended the use of the sacramental chalice as part of taking communion. al, "As coronavirus fears spread, churches stop drinking from communal chalice," 3 Mar. 2020 In Paris, the Louvre Museum closed its doors and priests stopped placing sacramental bread in worshippers' mouths. Author: Foster Klug, Anchorage Daily News, "Virus outbreak batters economies, raises fear of spread," 1 Mar. 2020 Bishop Michel Aupetit instructed that priests no longer put the sacramental bread in the mouths of worshippers celebrating communion and instead place it in their hands. oregonlive, "Coronavirus’ effect on world economy grows after Donald Trump lashes out," 29 Feb. 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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“Sacramental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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