[ sak-ruh-men-tl ]
/ ˌsæk rəˈmɛn tl /


of, relating to, or of the nature of a sacrament, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist.
powerfully binding: a sacramental obligation.


Roman Catholic Church. an action, as the sign of the cross, a ceremony resembling a sacrament, or a sacred object, regarded as being instituted by the church rather than by Christ and serving as a means of receiving sanctifying grace.

Nearby words

  1. sacral splanchnic nerve,
  2. sacralgia,
  3. sacralization,
  4. sacralize,
  5. sacrament,
  6. sacramental wine,
  7. sacramentalism,
  8. sacramentally,
  9. sacramentarian,
  10. sacramento

Origin of sacramental

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word sacrāmentālis. See sacrament, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for sacramental


/ (ˌsækrəˈmɛntəl) /


of, relating to, or having the nature of a sacrament
bound by or as if by a sacrament


RC Church a sacrament-like ritual action, such as the sign of the cross or the use of holy water
Derived Formssacramentally, adverbsacramentality (ˌsækrəmɛnˈtælɪtɪ) or sacramentalness, noun

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Word Origin and History for sacramental



late 14c., from Old French sacramental or directly from Late Latin sacramentalis, from sacramentum (see sacrament). As a noun, "religious practice or object," mid-15c.

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