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[sak-ruh-men-tl] /ˌsæk rəˈmɛn tl/
of, relating to, or of the nature of a sacrament, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist.
powerfully binding:
a sacramental obligation.
Roman Catholic Church. an action, as the sign of the cross, a ceremony resembling a sacrament, or a sacred object, regarded as being instituted by the church rather than by Christ and serving as a means of receiving sanctifying grace.
Origin of sacramental
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin sacrāmentālis. See sacrament, -al1
Related forms
sacramentally, adverb
sacramentalness, sacramentality, noun
nonsacramental, adjective
unsacramental, adjective
unsacramentally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sacramental
  • The slobbering demand for bread and circuses was silenced, and a sacramental mood prevailed.
  • Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign.
  • They posed as priests and rabbis to acquire sacramental wine.
  • We have made selective forgetting a sacramental obligation.
  • There is no fee for wholesale permits for sacramental wine.
  • General knowledge of the techniques and methods of sacramental ministry and various religious services.
British Dictionary definitions for sacramental


of, relating to, or having the nature of a sacrament
bound by or as if by a sacrament
(RC Church) a sacrament-like ritual action, such as the sign of the cross or the use of holy water
Derived Forms
sacramentally, adverb
sacramentality (ˌsækrəmɛnˈtælɪtɪ), sacramentalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for sacramental

late 14c., from Old French sacramental or directly from Late Latin sacramentalis, from sacramentum (see sacrament). As a noun, "religious practice or object," mid-15c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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