- 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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Examples from the Web for sanctify
Did his sudden, violent death erase him as a man and sanctify him in one savage blow?Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President
March 6, 2014
And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.Jesus the Christ
James Edward Talmage
A young girl may sometimes, by such courage, sanctify and enhance her modesty.Wood Rangers
The altar was most holy, that it might sanctify the gifts laid on it.
And so it is His own special beloved work to sanctify the Church He loved.
God is holy: we are to sanctify Him in acknowledging and adoring and honouring that holiness.
- 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 and History for 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.