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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of consecrare, from com- ( COM-) + sacrare ( SACRED)

consecrate

verb
     
Related topics: Christianity
con‧se‧crate [transitive]
1RRC to officially state in a special religious ceremony that a place or building is holy and can be used for religious purposes:
The bones will be reburied in consecrated ground.
2RRC to officially state in a special religious ceremony that someone is now a priest, bishop etc
consecration noun [uncountable]

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