verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ordain
Examples from the Web for ordain
The letter also ordered her to “take down www.ordainwomen.org and disassociat[e] yourself from Ordain Women.”
Kate Kelly, the leader of Ordain Women, was officially excommunicated.
The Ordain Women website posted some of Harrison's email to Kelly informing her of her excommunication.
Among other things, Weiss had the beautiful chutzpah to ordain Orthodox women.The Chief Rabbinate Proves Jews Would Be Better Off without It|Gershom Gorenberg|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Women attempting to be priests—or those why try to ordain them—already face automatic excommunication.
The word foreordain means to ordain beforehand: and the word elect means to choose.
So doth it me, said Balan, but ye must take the adventure that God will ordain you.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I (of II)|Thomas Malory
They cannot ordain that inadequately paid schoolmasters can be other than inferior educators.Leading Articles on Various Subjects|Hugh Miller
You must not appoint any man at your head; if you do, the Twelve must ordain him.Wilford Woodruff|Matthias F. Cowley
They say they ordain and establish it; we do not speak of ordaining leagues and compacts.
Word Origin for ordain
late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of Old French ordener "place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate" (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). The notion is "to confer holy orders upon." Meaning "to decree, enact" is from c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c. Related: Ordained; ordaining.