[ sak-ruh-men-tl ]
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  1. of, relating to, or of the nature of a sacrament, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist.

  2. powerfully binding: a sacramental obligation.

  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

Other words from sacramental

  • sac·ra·men·tal·ly, adverb
  • sac·ra·men·tal·ness, sac·ra·men·tal·i·ty, noun
  • non·sac·ra·men·tal, adjective
  • un·sac·ra·men·tal, adjective
  • un·sac·ra·men·tal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sacramental in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for sacramental


/ (ˌsækrəˈmɛntəl) /

  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 forms of sacramental

  • sacramentally, adverb
  • sacramentality (ˌsækrəmɛnˈtælɪtɪ) or sacramentalness, noun

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