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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.

sacrament n : a formal religious act conferring a specific grace on those who receive it; the Protestant sacraments 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

Sacrament \Sac"ra*ment\, v. t. To bind by an oath. [Obs.] --Laud. [1913 Webster]

Sacrament \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.] [1913 Webster] I'll take the sacrament on't. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 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. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

SACRAMENT, n. A solemn religious ceremony to which several degrees of authority and significance are attached. Rome has seven sacraments, but the Protestant churches, being less prosperous, feel that they can afford only two, and these of inferior sanctity. Some of the smaller sects have no sacraments at all -- for which mean economy they will indubitable be damned.


Sacramental may refer to:

sacramental adj : of or relating to or involving a sacrament

91 Moby Thesaurus words for "sacramental": Agnus Dei, High-Church, Holy Grail, Host, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, ark, asperger, asperges, aspergillum, bambino, baptismal, beadroll, beads, candle, censer, ceremonial, ceremonious, ceremony, chaplet, ciborium, cross, crucifix, cruet, duty, eucharistial, eucharistic, form, form of worship, formal, formality, formula, formular, formulary, function, holy cross, holy rite, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon, incensory, institution, liturgic, liturgistic, liturgy, matzo, menorah, mezuzah, mikvah, mode of worship, monstrance, mystery, observance, office, order of worship, ordinance, osculatory, ostensorium, paschal, paschal candle, pax, phylacteries, practice, prayer shawl, prayer wheel, prescribed form, pyx, relics, rite, ritual, ritual observance, ritualistic, rituality, rood, rosary, sacrament, sacramentarian, sacred relics, sacring bell, service, shofar, solemnity, sukkah, tabernacle, tallith, thurible, urceole, veronica, vigil light, votive candle

Sacramental \Sac`ra*men"tal\, a. [L. sacramentalis: cf. F. sacramental, sacramentel.] 1. Of or pertaining to a sacrament or the sacraments; of the nature of a sacrament; sacredly or solemnly binding; as, sacramental rites or elements. [1913 Webster] 2. Bound by a sacrament. [1913 Webster] The sacramental host of God's elect. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

Sacramental \Sac`ra*men"tal\, n. That which relates to a sacrament. --Bp. Morton. [1913 Webster]

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  • sacrament: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • sacrament: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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  • sacrament: THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911 Released April 15 1993)
  • sacramental: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • sacramental: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • sacramental: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • sacramental: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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