Baptism is an example of a sacrament.
Baptism is an example of a sacrament in the Protestant and Roman Catholic churches.
- Christianity any of certain rites instituted by Jesus and believed to be means of grace: baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, penance, holy orders, matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick are the seven recognized by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches; Protestants generally recognize only baptism and the Lord's Supper (the Eucharist)
- [oftenS-] the Eucharist, or Holy Communion; also, the consecrated bread and wine, or sometimes the bread alone, used in the Eucharist
- something regarded as having a sacred character or mysterious meaning
- a symbol or token
- a solemn oath or pledge
Origin of sacramentMiddle English from Old French sacrement from Ecclesiastical Late Latin sacramentum, the gospel, a secret, sacrament (used as translated, translation of Classical Greek myst?rion) from L, an oath of allegiance, origin, originally , sum deposited by the two parties to a suit from sacrare, to consecrate from sacer, sacred
- Christianity A rite believed to be a means of or visible form of grace, especially:a. In the Eastern, Roman Catholic, and some other Western Christian churches, any of the traditional seven rites that were instituted by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament and that confer sanctifying grace.b. In most other Western Christian churches, the two rites, Baptism and the Eucharist, that were instituted by Jesus to confer sanctifying grace.
- A religious rite similar to a Christian sacrament, as in character or meaning.
- often Sacrament a. The Eucharist.b. The consecrated elements of the Eucharist, especially the bread or host.
Origin of sacramentMiddle English from Old French sacrement from Late Latin sacrāmentum from Latin oath from sacrāre to consecrate from sacer sacr- sacred ; see sacred .
- (Islam) The rites in the five pillars of Islam.
- (Christianity) A sacred act or ceremony in Christianity. In Roman Catholic theology, a sacrament is defined as "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."
- The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery.
- The oath of allegiance taken by soldiers in Ancient Rome; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath.
From Ecclesiastical Latin sacrÄmentum (“sacrament"), from Latin sacrÅ (“hallow, consecrate"), from sacer (“sacred, holy"), originally sum deposited by parties to a suit.