sanc·​ti·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ˌsaŋ(k)-tə-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of sanctification 

1 : an act of sanctifying

2a : the state of being sanctified

b : the state of growing in divine grace as a result of Christian commitment after baptism or conversion

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cleansing, purification

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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

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In the ‘high church of style’ cables are ritually cut and their very absence is a symbol of sanctification. Virginia Postrel, WIRED, "Making Gadgets Wireless Only Conceals Our Dependence on Them," 5 Nov. 2013

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First Known Use of sanctification

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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something that serves to warn or remind

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