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sanctify

[sangk-tuh-fahy] /ˈsæŋk təˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), sanctified, sanctifying.
1.
to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
2.
to purify or free from sin:
Sanctify your hearts.
3.
to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding:
to sanctify a vow.
4.
to entitle to reverence or respect.
5.
to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.
Origin of sanctify
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Late Latin sānctificāre (see Sanctus, -ify); replacing Middle English seintefien < Old French saintifier < Latin, as above
Related forms
sanctifiable, adjective
sanctifiableness, noun
sanctifiably, adverb
sanctification, noun
sanctifier, noun
sanctifyingly, adverb
nonsanctification, noun
presanctify, verb (used with object), presanctified, presanctifying.
self-sanctification, noun
unsanctifying, adjective
Synonyms
1. bless, hallow, anoint, enshrine, exalt.
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Examples from the Web for sanctification
Historical Examples
  • It is a history—a justification—a sanctification of nearly every crime.

  • I think the greatest imposture of Christian times is the sanctification of labour.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • Lochien told me that the sanctification ceremonies were over and that the crown prince was to arrive that morning.

    Adventures in Swaziland Owen Rowe O'Neil
  • God has made us His own in redemption, that He might make Himself our own in sanctification.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • On the contrary, he was to promote the Kiddush Hashem "the sanctification of the Name."

    Chosen Peoples Israel Zangwill
  • His own and our sanctification bears the common stamp of the cross.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • Did he intimate that sanctification is effected by a piece of wood, with a transverse beam, used as a gibbet?

    Bertha and Her Baptism Nehemiah Adams
  • For to-day He is made of God unto you sanctification: to-day He will indeed be your holiness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • In the older orders, the welfare of the individual was jealously guarded and his sanctification was sought.

  • The will of God is, in every part of it, and in all its Divine power, your sanctification.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
British Dictionary definitions for sanctification

sanctify

/ˈsæŋktɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make holy
2.
to free from sin; purify
3.
to sanction (an action or practice) as religiously binding: to sanctify a marriage
4.
to declare or render (something) productive of or conductive to holiness, blessing, or grace
5.
(obsolete) to authorize to be revered
Derived Forms
sanctifiable, adjective
sanctification, noun
sanctifier, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for sanctification
n.

1520s, from Church Latin sanctificationem, noun of action from past participle stem of sanctificare (see sanctify).

sanctify

v.

late 14c., seintefie "to consecrate," from Old French saintefier "sanctify" (12c., Modern French sanctifier), from Late Latin sanctificare "to make holy," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Form altered in English c.1400 to conform with Latin. Meaning "to render holy or legitimate by religious sanction" is from c.1400; transferred sense of "to render worthy of respect" is from c.1600. Related: Sanctified; sanctifying.

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sanctification in the Bible

involves more than a mere moral reformation of character, brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends to the whole man (Rom. 6:13; 2 Cor. 4:6; Col. 3:10; 1 John 4:7; 1 Cor. 6:19). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Thess. 2:13). Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification, inasmuch as it (1) secures union to Christ (Gal. 2:20), and (2) brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby he is led to yield obedience "to the commands, trembling at the threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life and that which is to come." Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life (1 Kings 8:46; Prov. 20:9; Eccl. 7:20; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8). See Paul's account of himself in Rom. 7:14-25; Phil. 3:12-14; and 1 Tim. 1:15; also the confessions of David (Ps. 19:12, 13; 51), of Moses (90:8), of Job (42:5, 6), and of Daniel (9:3-20). "The more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing, self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes, and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he laments and strives to overcome. Believers find that their life is a constant warfare, and they need to take the kingdom of heaven by storm, and watch while they pray. They are always subject to the constant chastisement of their Father's loving hand, which can only be designed to correct their imperfections and to confirm their graces. And it has been notoriously the fact that the best Christians have been those who have been the least prone to claim the attainment of perfection for themselves.", Hodge's Outlines.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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