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[kon-si-kreyt] /ˈkɒn sɪˌkreɪt/
verb (used with object), consecrated, consecrating.
to make or declare sacred; set apart or dedicate to the service of a deity:
to consecrate a new church building.
to make (something) an object of honor or veneration; hallow:
a custom consecrated by time.
to devote or dedicate to some purpose:
a life consecrated to science.
to admit or ordain to a sacred office, especially to the episcopate.
to change (bread and wine) into the Eucharist.
consecrated; sacred.
Origin of consecrate
1325-75; Middle English consecraten < Latin consecrātus (past participle of consecrāre), equivalent to con- con- + -secr- (variant, in non-initial syllables, of sacer) sacred, holy + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
consecratedness, noun
consecrator, consecrater, noun
[kon-si-kruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈkɒn sɪ krəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
consecrative, adjective
deconsecrate, verb (used with object), deconsecrated, deconsecrating.
preconsecrate, verb (used with object), preconsecrated, preconsecrating.
reconsecrate, verb (used with object), reconsecrated, reconsecrating.
superconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrated, adjective
unconsecrative, adjective
2. sanctify, venerate. 3. See devote.
1. desecrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for consecrated
  • Even though the altar has not been consecrated, or blessed, visitors have been moved to leave offerings.
  • He and his soldiers died vainly on that consecrated but disastrous battlefield.
  • Here is a land consecrated to democracy but run by an entrenched plutocracy.
  • There are stalls entirely devoted to mollusks, and others consecrated to legumes of every color and shape.
  • She lived alone and consecrated her life to the gorillas.
  • With all the talk of consecrated ground, the memorial will be one of the few spots not consecrated to money making.
  • All the action can, of course, obscure the spirit that is being consecrated.
  • Although they had enough consecrated oil for only one day, it miraculously lasted eight days.
  • He was buried in the chapel he had so recently consecrated.
  • The tabooed or consecrated precincts are marked out by four square posts, which stand thirty or forty yards from the building.
British Dictionary definitions for consecrated


verb (transitive)
to make or declare sacred or holy; sanctify
to dedicate (one's life, time, etc) to a specific purpose
to ordain (a bishop)
(Christianity) to sanctify (bread and wine) for the Eucharist to be received as the body and blood of Christ
to cause to be respected or revered; venerate: time has consecrated this custom
(archaic) consecrated
Derived Forms
consecration, noun
consecrator, noun
consecratory (ˌkɒnsɪˈkreɪtərɪ), consecrative, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin consecrāre, from com- (intensive) + sacrāre to devote, from sacer sacred
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Word Origin and History for consecrated



late 14c., from Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare "to make holy, devote," from com- "together" (see com-) + sacrare (see sacred). Related: Consecrated; consecrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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