verb (used with object), sanctified, sanctifying.
to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate.
to purify or free from sin: Sanctify your hearts.
to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to sanctify a vow.
to entitle to reverence or respect.
to make productive of or conducive to spiritual blessing.

1350–1400; < Late Latin sānctificāre (see Sanctus, -ify); replacing Middle English seintefien < Old French saintifier < Latin, as above

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

1. bless, hallow, anoint, enshrine, exalt. Unabridged
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sanctify (ˈsæŋktɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -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
[C14: from Late Latin sanctificāre, from Latin sanctus holy + facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., seintefie "to consecrate," from O.Fr. saintifier (12c.), from L.L. sanctificare "to make holy," from sanctus "holy" (see saint) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Form altered to conform with Latin. Meaning "to render holy
or legitimate by religious sanction" is from c.1400; transfered sense of "to render worthy of respect" is from c.1600.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
When necessary, the church is available to sanctify skulduggery.
Yet the fact that this is a market outcome does not sanctify the result.
Fourth, this argument would sanctify dictatorship and tyranny.
Proponents of affirmative action say these arguments sanctify an unjust status quo.
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