verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of ordain
Synonyms for ordain
Examples from the Web for unordained
Historical Examples of unordained
The parish churches were cleared of their unordained ministers.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
The bailiffs of these corporation lands were unordained brothers of the Order.The Philippine Islands
This church has 21 native priests and 158 unordained catechists.The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
If He be infinite power, can any circumstance be unordained by Him?
And for order sake where that may be had, the unordained are not to be received as pastors.A Christian Directory
Word Origin for ordain
late 13c., "to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church," from stem of Old French ordener "place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate" (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare "put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "order" (see order (n.)). The notion is "to confer holy orders upon." Meaning "to decree, enact" is from c.1300; sense of "to set (something) that will continue in a certain order" is from early 14c. Related: Ordained; ordaining.