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set apart or worthy of veneration by association with God
  • the consecrate gold tablets which Joseph Smith claimed to have found

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Synonyms & Antonyms of consecrate (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to keep or intend for a special purpose
  • a philanthropist who consecrated his considerable fortune to an array of charitable causes

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2 to make holy through prayers or ritual
  • plans to consecrate the altar in the new church with great ceremony

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How does the verb consecrate contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of consecrate are dedicate, devote, and hallow. While all these words mean "to set apart for a special and often higher end," consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality.

consecrate a church to the worship of God

When can dedicate be used instead of consecrate?

While the synonyms dedicate and consecrate are close in meaning, dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose.

dedicated her life to medical research

When would devote be a good substitute for consecrate?

The meanings of devote and consecrate largely overlap; however, devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective.

devoted his evenings to study

When is it sensible to use hallow instead of consecrate?

In some situations, the words hallow and consecrate are roughly equivalent. However, hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity.

battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots

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The first known use of consecrate was in the 14th century

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“Consecrate.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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