verb (used with object), sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing.

to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts.
to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow.
to entitle to reverence or respect.
to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.

Origin of sanctify

1350–1400; < Late Latin sānctificāre (see Sanctus, -ify); replacing Middle English seintefien < Old French saintifier < Latin, as above
Related formssanc·ti·fi·a·ble, adjectivesanc·ti·fi·a·ble·ness, nounsanc·ti·fi·a·bly, adverbsanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounsanc·ti·fi·er, nounsanc·ti·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounpre·sanc·ti·fy, verb (used with object), pre·sanc·ti·fied, pre·sanc·ti·fy·ing.self-sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion, nounun·sanc·ti·fy·ing, adjective

Synonyms for sanctify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sanctification

Historical Examples of sanctification

  • On the contrary, he was to promote the Kiddush Hashem "the sanctification of the Name."

    Chosen Peoples

    Israel Zangwill

  • To them is owing the sanctification of Sunday in the three kingdoms.

  • It was the root of sanctification, as well as of Divine acceptance.

    Loss and Gain

    John Henry Newman

  • I think the greatest imposture of Christian times is the sanctification of labour.

    The Explorer

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • And in no other way can we realize the sanctification we have in Him.

    Holy in Christ

    Andrew Murray

British Dictionary definitions for sanctification


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to make holy
to free from sin; purify
to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously bindingto sanctify a marriage
to declare or render (something) productive of or conductive to holiness, blessing, or grace
obsolete to authorize to be revered
Derived Formssanctifiable, adjectivesanctification, nounsanctifier, noun

Word Origin for sanctify

C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for sanctification

1520s, from Church Latin sanctificationem, noun of action from past participle stem of sanctificare (see sanctify).



late 14c., seintefie "to consecrate," from Old French saintefier "sanctify" (12c., Modern French sanctifier), from Late Latin sanctificare "to make holy," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Form altered in English c.1400 to conform with Latin. Meaning "to render holy or legitimate by religious sanction" is from c.1400; transferred sense of "to render worthy of respect" is from c.1600. Related: Sanctified; sanctifying.

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