Sanctify meaning

săngktə-fī
To make holy; purify.

They felt the spirit had descended and sanctified their hearts. They sanctified the body with holy oil.

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To make holy; to consecrate. Set aside for sacred or ceremonial use.
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Sanctify is to make something holy, give something legitimacy or to set something apart through religious ceremony.

When a priest blesses a marriage and gives it validity in the eyes of a church, this is an example of a time when the priest sanctifies the marriage.

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To set apart for sacred use; consecrate.

The preacher sanctified the ground as a cemetery.

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To give social or moral sanction to.
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To give religious sanction to, as with an oath or vow.

The wedding ceremony sanctifies the marriage.

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To make holy.
  • To set apart as holy; consecrate.
  • To make free from sin; purify.
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To make binding or inviolable by a religious sanction.
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To make productive of spiritual blessing.
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To make acceptable or useful under religious law or practice.
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To endorse with religious sanction.
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To make seem morally right or binding.

A practice sanctified by custom.

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To free from sin; to purify.
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Origin of sanctify

  • Middle English seintefien, sanctifien from Old French saintifier from Late Latin sānctificāre Latin sānctus holy from past participle of sancīre to consecrate sak- in Indo-European roots Latin -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin sānctificō, from Latin sānctus (“holy") + faciō (“do, make").

    From Wiktionary