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Meaning of SACRAMENT

Pronunciation:  'sakrumunt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a formal religious act conferring a specific grace on those who receive it

SACRAMENT is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: anointing of the sick, baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, Eucharistic liturgy, extreme unction, holy orders, Holy Sacrament, last rites, Liturgy, Lord's Supper, matrimony, penance, religious ceremony, religious ritual, sacrament of the Eucharist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sac"ra*ment\, n. [L. sacramentum an oath, a sacred
    thing, a mystery, a sacrament, fr. sacrare to declare as
    sacred, sacer sacred: cf. F. sacrement. See {Sacred}.]
    1. The oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; hence, a
       sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn
       oath-taking; an oath. [Obs.]
             I'll take the sacrament on't.         --Shak.
    2. The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a
       sacred thing; a mystery. [Obs.]
             God sometimes sent a light of fire, and pillar of a
             cloud . . . and the sacrament of a rainbow, to guide
             his people through their portion of sorrows. --Jer.
    3. (Theol.) One of the solemn religious ordinances enjoined
       by Christ, the head of the Christian church, to be
       observed by his followers; hence, specifically, the
       eucharist; the Lord's Supper.
    Syn: {Sacrament}, {Eucharist}.
    Usage: Protestants apply the term sacrament to baptism and
           the Lord's Supper, especially the latter. The R. Cath.
           and Greek churches have five other sacraments, viz.,
           confirmation, penance, holy orders, matrimony, and
           extreme unction. As sacrament denotes an oath or vow,
           the word has been applied by way of emphasis to the
           Lord's Supper, where the most sacred vows are renewed
           by the Christian in commemorating the death of his
           Redeemer. Eucharist denotes the giving of thanks; and
           this term also has been applied to the same ordinance,
           as expressing the grateful remembrance of Christ's
           sufferings and death. ``Some receive the sacrament as
           a means to procure great graces and blessings; others
           as an eucharist and an office of thanksgiving for what
           they have received.'' --Jer. Taylor.
  2. \Sac"ra*ment\, v. t.
    To bind by an oath. [Obs.] --Laud.