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/ ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪ tɪd /
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sacred or set apart; dedicated to the service or worship of a deity or for a spiritual or religious purpose:Holding the vessel of consecrated water, the swami poured it out over the newly built shrine.
(of bread, wine, or both elements) changed into the Eucharist:During the Mass, the priest offers to God the consecrated bread and wine in re-enactment of the self-offering of Jesus Christ.
venerated or highly honored; established as inviolable:It is never easy to convert formal legislative initiatives into a dominant vision and culturally consecrated practice.
the simple past tense and past participle of consecrate.
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Origin of consecrated

OTHER WORDS FROM consecrated

con·se·crat·ed·ness, nounsu·per·con·se·crat·ed, adjectiveun·con·se·crat·ed, adjective
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What does consecrated mean?

Consecrated describes something that is considered sacred. Something consecrated is dedicated to the service or worship of a deity or for spiritual or religious purposes.

Something usually becomes consecrated through a ritual or ceremony in which a religious leader blesses it or imposes some type of belief onto it. In many faiths, consecrated items are revered for their ability to bless, bring good fortune, and be used as a tool for praying.

In many Christian faiths, consecrated specifically describes the bread and wine that, according to the faith, have been changed into the Eucharist.

While consecrated is most commonly used in these religious senses, it is sometimes used figuratively to describe something that is not religious but still highly honored or revered, such as a consecrated study in a subject, such as mathematics or science.

Example: The mosque down the road was consecrated just in time for their Nikah ceremony.

Where does consecrated come from?

The first records of the term consecrated come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin consecrātus.

In some faiths, when someone is ordained or assigned an office in the faith, they are said to be consecrated, meaning that the person is devoting their life to the faith and their role in it. Many faith leadership positions, especially in faiths descended from Abraham, require that their consecrated leaders take vows that affirm their consecration and allow them to be ordained.

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What are some other forms related to consecrated?

  • consecratedness (noun)
  • deconsecrated (verb, adjective)
  • reconsecrated (verb, adjective)
  • unconsecrated (verb, adjective)

What are some synonyms for consecrated?

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How is consecrated used in real life?

Consecrated is used almost exclusively to describe something that is sacred or blessed, especially the Eucharist.


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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for consecrated?

A. blessed
B. sacred
C. unconsecrated
D. sanctified

How to use consecrated in a sentence