Synonyms & Antonyms of hallow

to make holy through prayers or ritual
  • Lincoln's memorable words at the Gettysburg battlefield, "we cannot dedicate—we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground"

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How does the verb hallow contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of hallow are consecrate, dedicate, and devote. While all these words mean "to set apart for a special and often higher end," hallow, often differing little from dedicate or consecrate, may distinctively imply an attribution of intrinsic sanctity.

battlegrounds hallowed by the blood of patriots

When could consecrate be used to replace hallow?

The words consecrate and hallow are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, consecrate stresses investment with a solemn or sacred quality.

consecrate a church to the worship of God

When can dedicate be used instead of hallow?

The synonyms dedicate and hallow are sometimes interchangeable, but dedicate implies solemn and exclusive devotion to a sacred or serious use or purpose.

dedicated her life to medical research

In what contexts can devote take the place of hallow?

In some situations, the words devote and hallow are roughly equivalent. However, devote is likely to imply compelling motives and often attachment to an objective.

devoted his evenings to study

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The first known use of hallow was before the 12th century

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“Hallow.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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