Sacrament is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of sacrament, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(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
EXAMPLES - Sacrament in a Sentence
- A sacrament is an exterior sign of an interior grace. (source)
- But the power of conferring a sacrament is a very great power. (source)
- The law takes from me my wife, and leaves me the word sacrament! (source)
- I then received what they call the sacrament, for the first time. (source)
- Objection 1: It seems that a sacrament is a sign of one thing only. (source)
- Therefore a sacrament is a kind of cause rather than a kind of sign. (source)
- In general, a sacrament is a tangible sign that helps to effect what it signifies. (source)
- It's like, and the Indians, too, using the word sacrament is, I mean, that's what they call it. (source)
- I realize that you seem to regard it in terms of a religious nature or sacrament, which is fine. (source)
- Does anyone doubt that the decreased availability of the sacrament is a strong contributing factor? (source)
- It's a constitutional alternative based on religion, so patients can access what we call a sacrament (source)
- He's been given what the church calls the sacrament of the sick, you might know it as the last rites. (source)
- Obj. 3: Further, an oath is sometimes called a sacrament: for it is written in the Decretals (Caus. xxii, qu. (source)
- The English word "sacrament" comes from the Latin sacramentum, which means primarily an oath, and hence anything sacred. (source)
- The Eucharist is often called our sacrament of unity, and deep symbolism of unity is involved in this part of the liturgy. (source)
- In a still more particular sense, a sacrament is a celebration by the Church of a specific means of grace instituted by the Lord. (source)
- _I answer that, _ In the sacrament of Baptism, three things may be considered: namely, that which is _sacrament only; _ that which is (source)
- But the private communion of the priest with his sacrament was a way of separating clergy from the people, to whom he turned his back. (source)
- But now we are speaking of sacraments in a special sense, as implying the habitude of sign: and in this way a sacrament is a kind of sign. (source)
- Besides the many spiritual benefits of which the sacrament is the channel to every devout believer, it is an ordinance which is particularly helpful to the young. (source)
- In ancient times the term sacrament alone was used, but numerous confusions resulted and the similarity of rites and terms led many Christians to regard both as sacraments. (source)
- According to the Vatican, the pope's condition worsened today, so much so he was given what the church calls the sacrament of the sick, what used to be known as the last rites. (source)
- Meanwhile, a different Vatican official is telling us the pope has received the so-called sacrament of the anointing of the sick, which were once known -- called as a last rite. (source)
- I wished to go to a certain service of a friend's recently (a baby blessing) but still wished to attend the primary meeting (called sacrament meeting) in the congregation I belong to. (source)
- George seems to offer proof of the efficacy of this thing we call sacrament, and he manages to hold all the complexity of this great sadness, right here, on this bench, in his tender weeping. (source)
- The distinctive grace of the sacrament is the gratia ad robur, grace for strengthening, as the perfection of the grace of Baptism, enabling us to bear witness to the faith - if necessary even unto death. (source)
- When they came to examine the doctrine underlying this practice they all admitted that it was a sacrament, though in the earlier writers the word sacrament had not yet acquired a distinct technical meaning. (source)
- Santa Clara being attached to the convent of that name, we remained after mass to see the white-robed sisters receive the sacrament from the hands of a priest, by the small side-door that opens from the convent to the church. (source)
- Babblers, preachers, extravagant controversialists! endeavor to remember that your master never announced that the sacrament was the visible sign of an invisible thing; He has nowhere admitted four cardinal virtues, and three divine ones. (source)
- Consequently a sacrament is a sign that is both a reminder of the past, i.e. the passion of Christ; and an indication of that which is effected in us by Christ's passion, i.e. grace; and a prognostic, that is, a foretelling of future glory. (source)
- It would be rash, of course, to infer immediately from the expression, "This is a great sacrament", that marriage is a sacrament of the New Law in the strict sense, for the meaning of the word sacrament, as already remarked, is too indefinite. (source)
- The other leading Protestant of the day, Martin Luther, wrote: "Since marriage has existed from the beginning of the world and is still found among unbelievers, there is no reason why it should be called a sacrament of the New Law and of the church alone." (source)
- Although fewer Catholics are seeking what's officially known as the sacrament of anointing of the sick, those who do want it could be at risk of reaching their final hours without the prayer-whispering presence of a Roman-collared priest unless they plan ahead. (source)
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- The name sacrament cannot be cited as satisfactory evidence, since it did not acquire until a late period the exclusively technical meaning it has to-day; both in pre-Christian times and in the first centuries of the Christian Era it had a much broader and more indefinite signification. (source)
- Since it is both the end of Lent and the beginning of Easter, the rite begins in violet vestments, the color of penance, but ends in white, the color of Easter, and of the baptismal garments, for in antiquity this sacrament was administered as far as possible on this night, or at Pentecost. (source)
- However, there is a difference, because, since the other sacraments are accomplished in the use of the matter, the receiving of the sacrament is the actual perfection of the sacrament; whereas this sacrament is accomplished in the consecration of the matter: and consequently both uses follow the sacrament. (source)
- When I have found disputants I less respected, I have sometimes taken pleasure in raising their hopes by my concessions: they are charmed when I agree with them in the number of the sacraments; but are horridly disappointed when I explain myself by saying the word sacrament is not to be found either in Old or New Testament; and one must be very ignorant not to know it is taken from the listing oath of the Roman soldiers, and means nothing more than a solemn, irrevocable engagement. (source)
- Even the Canonists themselves were never able to put forward any coherent and consistent ground for the indissolubility of matrimony which could commend itself rationally, while Luther and Milton and Wilhelm von Humboldt, who maintained the religious and sacred nature of sexual union -- though they were cautious about using the term sacrament on account of its ecclesiastical implications -- so far from believing that its sanctity involved indissolubility, argued in the reverse sense. (source)
- Gospel, the Nicene Creed, and a number of other matters, including the elevation of the host, but not for worship, [Note 9] he proceeds to the next part of the Treatise which is headed "How to _administer the most holy sacrament to the people," [Note 10] and his first sentence is the following: "Let this much suffice to be said of the _Mass_, and service of the minister; we will now proceed to treat of the manner in which the holy _sacrament_ shall be administered to the people, for whose benefit especially the Supper of our Lord was instituted." (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 52.0, which suggests that "sacrament" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 17 synonyms for sacrament.
baptism, celebration, ceremony, communion, confession, confirmation, custom, holy orders, liturgy, marriage, matrimony, oath, observance, practice, ritual, service, vow
We have 4 antonyms for sacrament.
break, denial, divorce, neglect
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of sacrament from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Christianity A rite believed to be a means of or visible form of grace, especially:
- (noun) Christianity In the Eastern, Roman Catholic, and some other Western Christian churches, any of the traditional seven rites that were instituted by Jesus and recorded in the New Testament and that confer sanctifying grace.
- (noun) Christianity In most other Western Christian churches, the two rites, Baptism and the Eucharist, that were instituted by Jesus to confer sanctifying grace.
- (noun) A religious rite similar to a Christian sacrament, as in character or meaning.
- (noun) The Eucharist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (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."
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath.
- (noun) The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery.
- (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.
- (verb-transitive) To bind by an oath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) An oath of obedience and fidelity taken by Roman soldiers on enlistment; hence, any oath, solemn engagement, or obligation, or ceremony that binds or imposes obligation.
- (noun) In theology, an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual grace; more particularly, a solemn religious ceremony enjoined by Christ, or by the church, for the spiritual benefit of the church or of individual Christians, by which their special relation to him is created or freshly recognized, or their obligations to him are renewed and ratified.
- (noun) The eucharist, or Lord's Supper: used with the definite article, and without any qualifying word.
- (None) To bind by an oath.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (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