Definitions of sacrament

  1. a formal religious act conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the Protestant sacraments are baptism and the Lord's Supper.
  2. The oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath- taking; an oath.
  3. The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery.
  4. 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.
  5. To bind by an oath.
  6. A holy or sacred ceremony, as baptism; the Eucharist; the Lord's Supper.
  7. Sacramental.
  8. One of the solemn religious rites in the Christian Church, esp. the Lord's Supper: one of the seven " outward signs of inward signs of inward grace" by which, in the R. Cath. Church, grace is conveyed to the soul- they are Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Holy Orders and Matrimony.
  10. A solemn religious ordinance. esp. the Lord's Supper.
  11. A solemn religious rite, as the Lord's Supper.
  12. A ceremonial observance in the Christian Church, divinely instituted as either really or symbolically a means, and any how a pledge, of grace; the Lord's Supper.
  13. A solemn religious rite instituted by Christ to be observed by His followers; the Lord's Supper; the Eucharist; baptism; an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace; in the R. Cath. and Gr. Ch., baptism, the Eucharist, marriage, penance, confirmation, orders, and extreme unction, are called sacraments.

Usage examples for sacrament

  1. I cared but little for his opinion, and on the appointed day I delivered my sermon in the Church of the Holy Sacrament in the presence of the best society of Venice. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  2. To her, marriage is a sacrament. – I Walked in Arden by Jack Crawford
  3. What a sacrament women make of meals! – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  4. Have you come for me to take the sacrament to a dying person? – Landolin by Berthold Auerbach
  5. She took the sacrament with admirable propriety of demeanour, and then, on her return home, withdrew another chair from the set. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  6. He never took the Sacrament, nor seemed to want it. – The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay by Maurice Hewlett
  7. He dismissed her and her escort with the words: " Go more frequently to church and take the holy sacrament; then you will escape such fearful punishment." – Modern Magic by Maximilian Schele de Vere
  8. They hold, as I hear, that the blessed Sacrament of the Altar is in no wise the true body of Christ, but only a piece of bread blessed by the priest, and to be eaten in memory of His death; for the which reason also they would allow the lay folk to drink Christ's blood. – Mistress Margery by Emily Sarah Holt
  9. None of our ministers would give him the Sacrament standing: no persuasions of our Bishops nor authority of his parents could prevail with him. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  10. To church in the morning, and so home, leaving the two Sir Williams to take the Sacrament, which I blame myself that I have hitherto neglected all my life, but once or twice at Cambridge. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  11. Noting the lack of compunction with which she played upon him before my very eyes, I divined that the late Colonel Lansdale had not found the need of pistols entirely done away with even by the sacrament of marriage. – The Boss of Little Arcady by Harry Leon Wilson
  12. If he really intended to pay what he was owing as soon as possible, it was not sin for him to be in debt, and he might partake of the Sacrament with a clear conscience. – Missionary Work Among The Ojebway Indians by Edward Francis Wilson
  13. This letter, I found subsequently, he received as he was starting to receive the sacrament from a clergyman who has since related the fact to me. – Real Ghost Stories by William T. Stead
  14. A priest of my religion is denied me, And I disdain to take the sacrament, The holy, heavenly nourishment, from priests Of a false faith; I die in the belief Of my own church, for that alone can save. – Mary Stuart A Tragedy by Frederich Schiller
  15. When the day of execution came, he received the Sacrament, as is usual for persons in his condition. – Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences by Arthur L. Hayward
  16. To both the moment was one of infinite meaning; to her, in her high spiritual excitement, a sacrament of pardon and gratitude- expressed once for all- by this touch- in Aldous Raeburn's presence. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  17. He ceased thinking, terrified, and, having set the tiny lantern down, passed from the chapter- hall into the church, directing his steps towards the chapel of the Sacrament. – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  18. The great secret of the Sacrament is administered in a secluded place, the women being shut up in a house, or kept away from the mysteries. – The Women of the Arabs by Henry Harris Jessup