- 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
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Related Words for sanctificationconfirmation, apology, basis, explanation, vindication, argument, rationale, rationalization, pretext, approval, acceptance, acknowledgment, license, admission, endorsement, agreement, dispensation, permit, privilege, concession
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
To them is owing the sanctification of Sunday in the three kingdoms.Letters on England
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
- 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
Word Origin for sanctify
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.