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Definition make holy by means of religious rites

A comprehensive dictionary will contain less common senses of the word including "to solemnly dedicate" or to "infuse with reverence".
  • But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • The priest consecrated the chapel.
  • consecrated = made holy (typically by means of religious rites)
  • We consecrate a great deal of nonsense because it was allowed by great men.
    Emerson, Ralph Waldo  --  Essays, Second Series
  • Christians practice Holy Communion in which they consecrate small amounts of bread and wine before consuming them.
  • The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  • consecrated = made holy
  • And then from a secret place Juana brought a little piece of consecrated candle and lighted it at the flame and set it upright on a fireplace stone.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • consecrated = made holy by means of religious rites
  • They take bodies any age and do experiments on them and there's not much left to give back nor would you want back bits of baby when they can't be buried in consecrated ground in that condition.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela's Ashes
  • consecrated = made holy by means of religious rites
  • "& that I be not bury'd in consecrated ground.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • I felt I was on consecrated soil, standing on the same spot where Thomas Stone, Ghosh, and Shiva had stood, each with scalpel in hand.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Beginning with the consecrated formula, "The news is good," Tamb' Itam delivered Jim's own words.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • To consecrate this night, I shall raise a toast to you, my children, and our noble history.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • And then halted when the queen of Attolia balked at the matter of consecrating an altar to Hephestia for the ceremony.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • "And when Cabhan is ash," she concluded, "we perform the final ritual and consecrate the ground.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • He owned a consecrated troupe of men and boys, whose duty it was to dance various actions and meditations of his faith before him.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Between them floated a bolt of lightning that joined and consecrated them.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Those books, both prose and verse, are consecrated to me by other associations; and I hate to have them debased and profaned in his mouth!
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Consecrate your existence to the recollection of James Steerforth's tenderness — he would have made you his serving-man's wife, would he not?
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • They had come to this old cornfield just a mile or so from the site of the old church to start over, and consecrate the ground.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • In the old days, the children of Vulcan would come here in secret to consecrate demigod weapons.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • What we did had a consecration of its own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)

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