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consecration

[kon-si-krey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of consecrating; dedication to the service and worship of a deity.
  2. the act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.
  3. ordination to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.

Origin of consecration

1350–1400; Middle English consecracio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin consecrātiōn- (stem of consecrātiō). See consecrate, -ion
Related formsde·con·se·cra·tion, nounnon·con·se·cra·tion, nounpre·con·se·cra·tion, nounre·con·se·cra·tion, nounun·con·se·cra·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consecration

Consecration

noun
  1. RC Church the part of the Mass after the sermon during which the bread and wine are believed to change into the Body and Blood of Christ
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Word Origin and History for consecration

n.

late 14c., from Latin consecrationem (nominative consecratio), noun of action from consecrat-, past participle stem of consecrare (see consecrate).

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