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Definition a religious ceremony in which something is made holy
  • Some worry that capitalism sanctifies greed. Others think capitalism can direct greed to help the community.
  • He banished them, consigned them to the fire, not to desecrate them but to sanctify us.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • Her simplicity decorated us, her guilt sanctified us, her pain made us glow with health, her awkwardness made us think we had a sense of humor.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The year before I had concentrated too much on opening a window to the outside world and had failed to illuminate and sanctify the island around them.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I avoid gatherings of these women, walking as I do in fear of being sanctified, or ese burned at the stake.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • What seems more likely, in fact, is that man invented God to sanctify the dominion that he had usurped for himself over the cow and the horse.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Distance sanctifies both.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • MY BETH Sitting patient in the shadow Till the blessed light shall come, A serene and saintly presence Sanctifies our troubled home.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "We must sanctify it in blood," the telkhine said.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • The poor little thing imagined that she was going for a brief outing before that marriage of which he talked and which was to seal and sanctify it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • But I thought that our marriage might be a sanctification for us both.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • It was sanctified to such use of man, now we sanctify it to God.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • He had to tell someone or die, or else tell the truth, and so the relief he obtained was sanctified within the domestic rituals of love.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • So help me every spirit sanctified, As I have spoken for you all my best, And stood within the blank of his displeasure For my free speech!
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • He carefully combined the suffumigation chemicals that he would later ignite to sanctify the air.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Blood dripped from his chin as he cut down the net, sullying and sanctifying his prize.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Sanctify the ground with the touch of thy foot, that we may eat the dirt and be ennobled!
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • This ground sanctified by blood.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • It was a street populated by old wood frame houses, many of them used by fraternities and sororities, but it was no longer the sanctified quad.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • They are sanctified religious and very good to me.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple

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