sanc·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌsaŋ(k)-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce sanctification (audio)
: an act of sanctifying
: the state of being sanctified
: the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion

Examples of sanctification in a Sentence

the sacred site required another sanctification after it had been defiled by the invaders the Christian belief that the suffering and death of Jesus was responsible for the sanctification of all humankind
Recent Examples on the Web This sanctification was a crucial step in including medicine as its own advanced degree program at the first universities that were established around 1200 in Europe. Meg Leja, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Nov. 2023 Doing so is not a violation but a sanctification of Shabbat. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 7 Sep. 2021 There is so much sanctification that goes on in the wake of somebody’s death where people want to put him on a pedestal. Chris Lee, Vulture, 15 July 2021 Needless to say, the sanctification of a culture of long hours means the law is flouted, particularly in industries such as technology. Enrique Dans, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The sanctification of Kamala Harris over the last week is just another indication of the corruption of the mainstream media and the importance of credible voices pushing back. Rich Lowry, National Review, 15 Aug. 2020 To Etty, the sanctification of life meant pouring every drop of energy into the community. Elizabeth Svoboda, Longreads, 30 Apr. 2020 In the ‘high church of style’ cables are ritually cut and their very absence is a symbol of sanctification. Virginia Postrel, WIRED, 5 Nov. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sanctification was in the 14th century

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“Sanctification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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