[ kon-si-krey-shuh n ]
/ ˌkɒn sɪˈkreɪ ʃən /


the act of consecrating; dedication to the service and worship of a deity.
the act of giving the sacramental character to the Eucharistic elements of bread and wine, especially in the Roman Catholic Church.
ordination to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.

Nearby words

  1. conscript fathers,
  2. conscriptee,
  3. conscription,
  4. conscriptionist,
  5. consecrate,
  6. consecution,
  7. consecutive,
  8. consecutive anophthalmia,
  9. consensual,
  10. consensus

Origin of consecration

1350–1400; Middle English consecracio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin consecrātiōn- (stem of consecrātiō). See consecrate, -ion

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reconsecration

  • They realized that redemption was a means to an end, and that end the reconsecration of the whole universe to God.

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  • And so the Ebenezer of the soul becomes both a thanksgiving and a reconsecration.

British Dictionary definitions for reconsecration


/ (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪʃən) /


RC Church the part of the Mass after the sermon during which the bread and wine are believed to change into the Body and Blood of Christ
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Word Origin and History for reconsecration



late 14c., from Latin consecrationem (nominative consecratio), noun of action from consecrat-, past participle stem of consecrare (see consecrate).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper