They felt the spirit had descended and sanctified their hearts. They sanctified the body with holy oil.
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.
The preacher sanctified the ground as a cemetery.
The wedding ceremony sanctifies the marriage.
- To set apart as holy; consecrate.
- To make free from sin; purify.
A practice sanctified by custom.
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 sÄnctificÅ, from Latin sÄnctus (“holy") + faciÅ (“do, make").