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Her extended family attended the ordination.
  ceremony in which one is officially declared a minister, priest, rabbi, or other religious leader
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The verb form, "ordain", can also mean to give an authoritative order.
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  • Her extended family attended the ordination.
  • They say the Bible does not discuss ordination of women and that it is only out-dated custom that prevents it.
  • Eastern-Rite Catholic priests may marry before their ordination.
  • "Of the two, reverend sir," said the voice like the deacon’s, "I had rather miss an ordination dinner than to-night’s meeting."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown

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  • While we are thus unconstrained in our private business, a spirit of reverence pervades our public acts; we are prevented from doing wrong by respect for the authorities and for the laws, having a particular regard to those which are ordained for the protection of the injured as well as those unwritten laws which bring upon the transgressor of them the reprobation of the general sentiment.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • As it was ordained to be.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • I’ve never been a drinker, after all, and the woman I married stood in line to cast a ballot for Roosevelt as soon as she reached the appropriate age, so it would be easy to imagine that the year of my birth somehow ordained it all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • On the theory (my own, and not my employers) that my time should be spent observing living wolves, I had deliberately neglected the innumerable peripheral studies which had been ordained for me by Ottawa.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Or did it all happen by ordination, by the slight chance of Being, that Veronica and the rest of us have actually one strain of life, and one strain only, and that the seeming variations are but particular contours, the everyday adornments?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The winter ordained a cessation of motors, shrimp nets, and fishing lines.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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  • It was that spring that Willem came home for his final holiday before ordination.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • And that was ordained, I guess is the word for it, on the night Sorcha sacrificed herself.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • So did his teachers at the seminary, who deemed him too playful and impatient with pomp and procedure; they delayed his ordination.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • …as i review the records and data on algernon, i see that although he is still in his physical infancy, he has regressed mentally. motor activity is impaired; there is a general reduction of glandular activity; there is an accelerated loss of co-ordination. there are also strong indications of progressive amnesia. as will be seen by my report, these and other physical and mental deterioration syndromes can be predicted with statistically significant results by the application of my…
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • A rabbinic ordination from its Talmud faculty was looked upon as the highest of Orthodox Jewish honors.
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • Then in co-ordination Juana and Kino drove their double-bladed paddles into the sea, and the canoe creased the water and hissed with speed.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • His was a better, far better, nervous, mental, and muscular co-ordination.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He became rather technical; spoke of the abnormal endocrine co-ordination which made men grow so slowly; postulated a germinal mutation to account for it.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • ordination.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • She was self-ordained a Sister of Mercy, or, we may rather say, the world’s heavy hand had so ordained her, when neither the world nor she looked forward to this result.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Then Edwards pointed out in the studio audience some parishioners Tanimoto had had just after his ordination, during a brief temporary pastorate in the Japanese-American Hollywood Independence Church.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Fragments of triumphant phrases pushed themselves through the din: ’Vast strategic manoeuvre — perfect co-ordination — utter rout — half a million prisoners — complete demoralization — control of the whole of Africa — bring the war within measurable distance of its end victory — greatest victory in human history — victory, victory, victory!’
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • They talked now of his ordination, of how he could get Jefferson as his call.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • Now time lay between: the oils of ordination would never anoint his body.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • It is of importance that no time should be lost with him, for he will of course have much to do relative to his ordination.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Kenyon resembled neither of his parents physically; his crew-cut hair was hemp-colored, and he was six feet tall and lanky, though hefty enough to have once rescued a pair of full-grown sheep by carrying them two miles through a blizzard-sturdy, strong, but cursed with a lanky boy’s lack of muscular co-ordination.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The star …. to represent the heavens which have ordained my destiny.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • The University as a step to anything but ordination seemed, to this man of fixed ideas, a preface without a volume.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • He had found the law a most unprofitable study, and was now absolutely resolved on being ordained, if I would present him to the living in question—of which he trusted there could be little doubt, as he was well assured that I had no other person to provide for, and I could not have forgotten my revered father’s intentions.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • It had been a dinner given at Concepcion in honour of the tenth anniversary of his ordination.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • When the Jesuit returned, a few weeks after Hoyt’s ordination, it had been under a cloud.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 902 T. S. ELIOT And at a later time still, even such temperate measures as these would become unnecessary, But, if you have now arrived at a just sub ordination of the pretensions of the Church to the welfare of the State, remember that it is we who took the first step.
    T.S. Eliot  --  Murder in the Cathedral
  • …been if you could detach your imagination from the picture of what near a couple of tons of expensive mechanism looks like after it’s turned turtle three times at eighty and could give your undivided attention to the exhibition of muscular co-ordination, satanic humor, and split-second timing which was Sugar-Boy’s when he whipped around a hay wagon in the face of an oncoming gasoline truck and went through the rapidly diminishing aperture close enough to give the truck driver heart…
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • …man in the town with whom he could have had nothing in common, least of all, money—a man who obviously could do nothing under the sun for him save give him credit at a little cross-roads store or cast a vote in his favor if he should ever seek ordination as a Methodist minister—a Methodist steward, a merchant not only of modest position and circumstances but who already had a wife and family of his own, let alone a dependent mother and sister, to support out of the proceeds of a…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • An exhorter—a secret preacher—one, who in defiance of all the tenets and processes of organized and historic, as well as hieratic, religious powers and forms (theological seminaries, organized churches and their affiliations and product—all carefully and advisedly and legitimately because historically and dogmatically interpreting the word of God) choosing to walk forth and without ordination after any fashion conduct an unauthorized and hence nondescript mission.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Who brings the One to join the general ordination, Where it may throb in grandest consonance?
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • McGurk Institute simply must get in on this co-ordination, which I regard as one of the greatest advances in thinking that has ever been made.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Bob, being of a sect which did not require ordination, had made himself chaplain as well as medical officer simply by starting to hold meetings.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Tennessee state law did not require ordination for a person to perform marriages if he had a congregation, so Stephen married those who wanted him to during these long sunlit services.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • These were mere causes of feeling; underlying them, it must be confessed he had a superstitious fancy that God was about to make ordination in his behalf, in which event faith whispered him to stand still.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • This means defining the priorities where common European action makes obvious sense and can make a real difference, like economic co-ordination, foreign and security policy, the environment, crime and drugs.
    Tony Blair  --  First Address to Irish Parliament From a British PM
  • To become a priest in Ethiopia, it was enough for the archbishop in Addis Ababa to blow his breath into a cloth bag which was then carried to the provinces and opened in a church yard, allowing for the mass ordination of hundreds.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • He grew sick as he thought of the weary distance before him, the lack of co-ordination of the centres of control, the undisciplined and rowdy bladder, the helpless exhibition he was forced to give in the company of his sniggering, pawing brothers and sisters, dried, cleaned, revolved before them.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He was older than most of us and had been ordained in some obscure little sect I had never heard of.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The man’s ordained, therefore the light of God is in him.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • In fact, the patient’s death had been ordained irrevocably.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • God has ordained that you honor thy father and submit thyself to the rules of his house.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Nature in one of her beneficient moods has ordained that even death has some antidote to its own terrors.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • It does not belong to either of us,’ said Aragorn; ’but it has been ordained that you should hold it for a while.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • To them, and not to us, perhaps, is the future ordained.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
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