Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: sanctifier, from Late Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus; SAINT


sanc‧ti‧fy past tense and past participle sanctified, present participle sanctifying, third person singular sanctifies [transitive]
1 to make something seem morally right or acceptable or to give something official approval:
The rule of the Czar was sanctified by the Russian Orthodox Church.
2RR to make something holy
sanctification noun [uncountable]

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