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obsecrate

[ob-si-kreyt]
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verb (used with object), ob·se·crat·ed, ob·se·crat·ing.
  1. to entreat solemnly; beseech; supplicate.
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Origin of obsecrate

1590–1600; < Latin obsecrātus (past participle of obsecrāre to supplicate), equivalent to ob- ob- + secr- (combining form of sacr-, stem of sacer sacred) + -ātus -ate1
Related formsob·se·cra·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And obsecration precedes prayer, for it is from dwelling upon the Divine Goodness that we venture to approach to Him.

    On Prayer and The Contemplative Life

    St. Thomas Aquinas


British Dictionary definitions for obsecration

obsecrate

verb
  1. (tr) a rare word for beseech
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Derived Formsobsecration, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin obsecrāre to entreat (in the name of the gods), from ob- for the sake of + sacrāre to hold in reverence; see sacred
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Word Origin and History for obsecration

n.

late 14c., from Latin obsecrationem (nominative obsecratio) "a beseeching, imploring, supplication, entreaty," noun of action from past participle stem of obsecrare "to beseech, entreat" (on religious grounds), from ob- (see ob-) + sacrare "to make or declare sacred" (see sacred).

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