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[sangk-tuh-fahy] /ˈsæŋk təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), sanctified, sanctifying.
to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
to purify or free from sin:
Sanctify your hearts.
to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding:
to sanctify a vow.
to entitle to reverence or respect.
to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.
Origin of sanctify
1350-1400; < Late Latin sānctificāre (see Sanctus, -ify); replacing Middle English seintefien < Old French saintifier < Latin, as above
Related forms
sanctifiable, adjective
sanctifiableness, noun
sanctifiably, adverb
sanctification, noun
sanctifier, noun
sanctifyingly, adverb
nonsanctification, noun
presanctify, verb (used with object), presanctified, presanctifying.
self-sanctification, noun
unsanctifying, adjective
1. bless, hallow, anoint, enshrine, exalt. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for sanctification
Historical Examples
  • On the contrary, he was to promote the Kiddush Hashem "the sanctification of the Name."

    Chosen Peoples

    Israel Zangwill
  • To them is owing the sanctification of Sunday in the three kingdoms.

  • It was the root of sanctification, as well as of Divine acceptance.

    Loss and Gain John Henry Newman
  • I think the greatest imposture of Christian times is the sanctification of labour.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • And in no other way can we realize the sanctification we have in Him.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • His own and our sanctification bears the common stamp of the cross.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • Let His sanctification indeed be the law as it is the life of mine.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • For to-day He is made of God unto you sanctification: to-day He will indeed be your holiness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • The will of God is, in every part of it, and in all its Divine power, your sanctification.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • I come to say that I see that Thy will is my sanctification, and there alone I would seek it.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
British Dictionary definitions for sanctification


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to make holy
to free from sin; purify
to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously binding: to sanctify a marriage
to declare or render (something) productive of or conductive to holiness, blessing, or grace
(obsolete) to authorize to be revered
Derived Forms
sanctifiable, adjective
sanctification, noun
sanctifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for sanctification

1520s, from Church Latin sanctificationem, noun of action from past participle stem of sanctificare (see sanctify).



late 14c., seintefie "to consecrate," from Old French saintefier "sanctify" (12c., Modern French sanctifier), from Late Latin sanctificare "to make holy," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Form altered in English c.1400 to conform with Latin. Meaning "to render holy or legitimate by religious sanction" is from c.1400; transferred sense of "to render worthy of respect" is from c.1600. Related: Sanctified; sanctifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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