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[awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/
Ecclesiastical. the act or ceremony of ordaining.
the fact or state of being ordained.
a decreeing.
the act of arranging.
the resulting state; disposition; arrangement.
Origin of ordination
1350-1400; Middle English ordinacioun < Late Latin ōrdinātiō ordainment, Latin: a putting in order, appointment = ōrdinā(re) to order, arrange (derivative of ōrdō, stem ōrdin-, order) + -tiō -tion
Related forms
nonordination, noun
postordination, adjective Unabridged
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  • Before the boy had awakened to his situation, the day of his ordination arrived.

    Carmen Ariza Charles Francis Stocking
  • At the close of the ordination the blessing from the new priest began.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • In France I corresponded with a Wesleyan chaplain on the subject of orders and ordination.

  • Long afterward she recognized how deeply the ordination had affected her.

    The Art of Disappearing John Talbot Smith
  • Both of these branches are obtained through Joseph Smith, who received his ordination in a supernatural manner.

  • It may be the ordination of the Unknown that I should Pass before he arrives.

    The Mystics Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • Grostte sent back a curate who came to him for ordination dressed in rings and scarlet like a courtier.

  • They are ordained of God because they arrange the ordination.

    Liberalism L. T. Hobhouse
  • His oft-repeated prayer for ordination having been answered, he looked to the camps as the field of his future endeavor.

    The Lumberjack Sky Pilot Thomas D. Whittles
British Dictionary definitions for ordination


  1. the act of conferring holy orders
  2. the reception of holy orders
the condition of being ordained or regulated
an arrangement or order
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Word Origin and History for ordination

early 15c., "the act of conferring holy orders," from Old French ordinacion (12c.) or directly from Latin ordinationem (nominative ordinatio) "a setting in order, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of ordinare "arrange" (see ordain).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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