1. 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

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Late Latin word sacrāmentālis. See sacrament, -al1
Related formssac·ra·men·tal·ly, adverbsac·ra·men·tal·ness, sac·ra·men·tal·i·ty, nounnon·sac·ra·men·tal, adjectiveun·sac·ra·men·tal, adjectiveun·sac·ra·men·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sacramentals

Historical Examples of sacramentals

  • Here mention will be made of some of the most common of the sacramentals that have not already been treated.

British Dictionary definitions for sacramentals


  1. of, relating to, or having the nature of a sacrament
  2. bound by or as if by a sacrament
  1. 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 sacramentals



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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