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 sanctifier

Historical Examples of sanctifier

  • God the Sanctifier is the name now inscribed upon the throne of God the Creator.

    Holy in Christ

    Andrew Murray

  • If thou do, what is that but to believe in him as the sanctifier of God's elect?

  • In the purifying of every power from the taint of sin He is our Sanctifier.

  • Let him specially note the vast, yea, the immeasurable difference between these two words "Sanctifier and sanctified."

    Elijah the Tishbite

    C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh

British Dictionary definitions for sanctifier


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 sanctifier



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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