- 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.
Origin of sacramental
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- 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
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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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