verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ordain
Examples from the Web for ordained
Most people know the Universal Life Church as a quick and easy place to get ordained without leaving your couch.
Yup, Evelyn and Donald Knapp are “ordained Christian ministers” suing for the right to discriminate.Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isn’t Religious Freedom, It’s Just Discrimination|Sally Kohn|October 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those words were said by Joshu Sasaki Roshi, who ordained Leonard Cohen as a Zen monk in 1996.
Not only was he known as one of the blessed Polish priests who Pope John Paul II ordained before he became pope.
The doctrines, which drew on the likes of Wilhelm Reich, replaced absolute fidelity with ordained promiscuity.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Providence has ordained it otherwise, and death arrests my progress.Tales of My Time, Vol. 1 (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
She has already been ordained as a minister of the Unitarian Church.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He tells you that matrimony was ordained for a remedy against sin.Her Royal Highness Woman|Max O'Rell
It was my happiness, when I was ordained, to be settled next neighbour to an aged and saintly minister.The Preacher and His Models|James Stalker
He did no more fighting until he had seen him buried, and ordained a mass for him.The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay|Maurice Hewlett
British Dictionary definitions for ordained
Word Origin for ordain
Word Origin and History for ordained
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.