What does sacrament mean?

Definitions for sacramentˈsæk rə mənt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sacrament(noun)

    a formal religious ceremony conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the two Protestant ceremonies are baptism and the Lord's Supper; in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church there are seven traditional rites accepted as instituted by Jesus: baptism and confirmation and Holy Eucharist and penance and holy orders and matrimony and extreme unction


  1. sacrament(Noun)

    A sacred act or ceremony in Christianity. In Roman Catholic theology, a sacrament is defined as "an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace."

  2. Origin: From sacramentum, from sacro, from sacer, originally sum deposited by parties to a suit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacrament(noun)

    the oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath

  2. Sacrament(noun)

    the pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery

  3. Sacrament(noun)

    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

  4. Sacrament(verb)

    to bind by an oath


  1. Sacrament

    A sacrament is a sacred rite recognized as of particular importance and significance. There are various views on the existence and meaning of such rites.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sacrament

    sak′ra-ment, n. an holy ordinance instituted by Christ as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace (Baptism and the Lord's Supper—amongst Roman Catholics, also Confirmation, Penance, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Extreme Unction): the Lord's Supper specially: an oath of obedience taken by Roman soldiers on enlistment: any solemn obligation: materials used in a sacrament.—v.t. to bind by an oath.—adj. Sacramen′tal, belonging to or constituting a sacrament.—ns. Sacramen′talism, the attachment of excessive importance to the sacraments: the doctrine that there is in the sacraments themselves a special direct spiritual efficacy to confer grace; Sacramen′talist, one who holds this view.—adv. Sacramen′tally.—ns. Sacramentā′rian, one who holds a high or extreme view of the efficacy of the sacraments: (obs.) one who rejects the doctrine of the real presence in the sacrament of the Lord's Supper; Sacramentā′rianism, the holding of extreme views with regard to the efficacy of sacraments.—adj. Sacramen′tary, pertaining to the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, or to the sacramentarians.—n. a book containing all the prayers and ceremonies used at the celebration of the R.C. sacraments: a sacramentarian. [L. sacramentum, a sacred thing—sacrāre, to consecrate—sacer, sacred.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sacrament

    a ceremonial observance in the Christian Church divinely instituted as either really or symbolically a means, and in any case a pledge, of grace.

Editors Contribution

  1. sacrament

    A type of sacred ceremony used by some forms of religion.

    In the Christian faith baptism, confirmation and communion are called sacrament.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrament in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Florynce Kennedy:

    If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

  2. Voltaire:

    When we hear news we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.

  3. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    Because marriage celebrated in the Church is a sacrament, it cannot be undone. The Church cannot break a bond created by Christ himself.

  4. David Hains:

    I hope that Catholics in Catholic Diocese of Charlotte will understand that it would be sinful to receive a fake sacrament from a woman priest and that includes attending a fake mass.

  5. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    On the cross, Jesus overcame sin. On the evening of the day he rose from the dead, Christ gave his apostles power to forgive sins. In the Sacrament of Penance, through the ministry of the Church, Christ releases the power of Easter into our lives.

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