sacrament

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Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

sacrament ‎(plural sacraments)

  1. (Christianity) A sacred act or ceremony in Christianity. In Catholic theology, a sacrament is defined as "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."
  2. (in particular) The Eucharist.
  3. The consecrated Eucharist (especially the bread).
  4. A thing which is regarded as possessing a sacred character or mysterious significance.
    • 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.
  5. The oath of allegiance taken by soldiers in Ancient Rome; hence, any 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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Dutch[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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  • Hyphenation: sa‧cra‧ment
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

sacrament n ‎(plural sacramenten)

  1. (Christianity) sacrament