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Meaning of SANCTIFY

Pronunciation:  'sangkti`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery purified"
  2. [v]  render holy by means of religious rites

SANCTIFY is a 8 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: bless, consecrate, hallow, purge, purify
 Antonyms: deconsecrate, desecrate
 See Also: alter, change, declare, lustrate, reconsecrate, spiritualise, spiritualize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sanc"ti*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sanctified}; p. pr.
& vb. n. {Sanctifying}.] [F. sanctifier, L. sanctificare;
sanctus holy + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Saint}, and
1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or
   religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to

         God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.
                                               --Gen. ii. 3.

         Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments.
                                               --Lev. viii.

2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption
   and pollution; to purify.

         Sanctify them through thy truth.      --John xvii.

3. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render
   productive of holiness or piety.

         A means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as
         to make me repent of that unjust act. --Eikon

4. To impart or impute sacredness, venerableness,
   inviolability, title to reverence and respect, or the
   like, to; to secure from violation; to give sanction to.

         The holy man, amazed at what he saw, Made haste to
         sanctify the bliss by law.            --Dryden.

         Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. --Pope.