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sac·​ra·​men·​tal ˌsa-krə-ˈmen-tᵊl How to pronounce sacramental (audio)
: of, relating to, or having the character of a sacrament
sacramental wine
: suggesting a sacrament (as in sacredness)
sacramentally adverb


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

Examples of sacramental in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The priest and the child have spent time alone together, and after one meeting Donald returned to Sister James’s class acting strange, his breath redolent of sacramental wine. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 The law allows adults ages 21 and older to possess up to 2 ounces of marijuana, a half-ounce of cannabis concentrate and 1 ounce of products such as edibles for recreational, sacramental and other uses. Dánica Coto, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 Those who remained on Shelter Island to look for scallops were the hard core, the romantics and the purists, for whom a fallow winter turns the search for scallops into something like a sacramental rite. Christopher Maag, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2024 Apart from those conveyed in sacramental ministries, there are also spontaneous and less formal requests for a blessing, such as at shrines or even just on the street. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Dec. 2023 The very being of man and woman was created for this sacramental union. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, 20 Dec. 2023 As such, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement on Monday, stating that pastoral blessings are different from sacramental blessings, as the former can be given to people who want God's grace. Asher Notheis, Washington Examiner, 18 Dec. 2023 There’s more than a hint of the Ogdoad in these two, a sacramental yet heretical consciousness. Joy Williams, Harper’s Magazine , 14 Dec. 2022 Christianity has at its core the humility of knowing that men are weak and in need of the sacramental grace that only God can provide. ... Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 6 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sacramental was in the 15th century

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“Sacramental.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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