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[kon-si-kreyt] /ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), consecrated, consecrating.
to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity:
to consecrate a new church building.
to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow:
a custom consecrated by time.
to devote or dedicate to some purpose:
a life consecrated to science.
to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
consecrated; sacred.
Origin of consecrate
1325-75; Middle English consecraten < Latin consecrātus (past participle of consecrāre), equivalent to con- con- + -secr- (variant, in non-initial syllables, of sacer) sacred, holy + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
consecratedness, noun
consecrator, consecrater, noun
[kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
consecrative, adjective
deconsecrate, verb (used with object), deconsecrated, deconsecrating.
preconsecrate, verb (used with object), preconsecrated, preconsecrating.
reconsecrate, verb (used with object), reconsecrated, reconsecrating.
superconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrative, adjective
2. sanctify, venerate.
1. desecrate.
Synonym Study
3. See devote. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for consecrated
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  • All white flowers were regarded as typifying her purity and sanctity, and were consecrated to her festivals.

  • Therefore reproduction was religious and sex was consecrated.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Alexander sent the duke a ring and a consecrated banner, and the conquest of England was undertaken as a Holy War.

  • But perhaps they are blessed, or consecrated, or something, and that makes them different.

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • It is consecrated by the achievements of the ancient Greeks over the Persian hordes at the dawn of Western civilisation.

    The Irish at the Front Michael MacDonagh
  • For to me the duties to which you are consecrated are more than the duties and the pride of memory.

    America First Various
  • A country priest was said to have sold them eight consecrated hosts for use in their infernal rites.

  • This message, Mr. President, comes to you from consecrated ground.

    America First Various
British Dictionary definitions for consecrated


verb (transitive)
to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
to ordain (a bishop)
(Christianity) to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
(archaic) consecrated
Derived Forms
consecration, noun
consecrator, noun
consecratory (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ), consecrative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for consecrated



late 14c., from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare "to make holy, devote," from com- "together" (see com-) + sacrare (see sacred). Related: Consecrated; consecrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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