verb (used with object), sanc·ti·fied, sanc·ti·fy·ing.
Origin of sanctify
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|Tom LeClair|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The qualities by which court is made to power, were to cover and to sanctify everything.Thoughts on the Present Discontents|Edmund Burke
We shall not be suspected of claiming for the Established Church alone the religious right to sanctify the marriage obligation.
The English word saint comes from the same Latin root, and is translated from the same Greek root, as sanctify.The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church|G. H. Gerberding
British Dictionary definitions for sanctify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for sanctify
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.