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From Ecclesiastical Latin sacrāmentum (sacrament), from Latin sacrō (hallow, consecrate), from sacer (sacred, holy), originally sum deposited by parties to a suit.


sacrament (plural sacraments)

  1. (Islam) The rites in the five pillars of Islam.
    • 1978, Kenneth Cragg, Islam and the Muslim, page 62
    • 1992, Jeffrey J. Coonjohn, Stories from the front, Page 62
  2. (Christianity) A sacred act or ceremony in Christianity. In Roman Catholic theology, a sacrament is defined as "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."
  3. The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      God sometimes sent a light of fire, and pillar of a cloud [] and the sacrament of a rainbow, to guide his people through their portion of sorrows.
  4. The oath of allegiance taken by soldiers in Ancient Rome; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll take the sacrament on 't.


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Hyphenation: sa‧cra‧ment


sacrament n (plural sacramenten)

  1. (Christianity) sacrament