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sacramental

[sak-ruh-men-tl] /ˌsæk rəˈmɛn tl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a sacrament, especially the sacrament of the Eucharist.
2.
powerfully binding:
a sacramental obligation.
noun
3.
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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin sacrāmentālis. See sacrament, -al1
Related forms
sacramentally, adverb
sacramentalness, sacramentality, noun
nonsacramental, adjective
unsacramental, adjective
unsacramentally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for unsacramental

sacramental

/ˌsækrəˈmɛntəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or having the nature of a sacrament
2.
bound by or as if by a sacrament
noun
3.
(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 unsacramental

sacramental

adj.

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.

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