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[sak-ruh-men-tl-iz-uh m]
  1. a belief in or emphasis on the importance and efficacy of the sacraments for achieving salvation and conferring grace.
  2. emphasis on the importance of sacramental objects and ritual actions.
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Origin of sacramentalism

First recorded in 1860–65; sacramental + -ism
Related formssac·ra·men·tal·ist, noun
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Examples from the Web for sacramentalism

Historical Examples

  • This sacramentalism was not unchallenged, as we have already seen from Plato himself.

    The Legacy of Greece


  • He soon left his Bible for sacramentalism and all its concommitants.

  • But the error comes in confusing supernaturalism with sacramentalism.

  • Apostolical succession and Sacramentalism may not have been in themselves progressive ideas.

    On Compromise

    John Morley

  • Thus certain sectarian movements borrowed the sensationalism without the sacramentalism of Wesley.

British Dictionary definitions for sacramentalism


  1. belief in or special emphasis upon the efficacy of the sacraments for conferring grace
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Derived Formssacramentalist, noun
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