• WordNet 3.6
    • v sanctify make pure or free from sin or guilt "he left the monastery purified"
    • v sanctify render holy by means of religious rites
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sanctify 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."
      "Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line."
    • Sanctify 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."
    • Sanctify To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify. "Sanctify them through thy truth."
    • Sanctify To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow. "God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.""Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sanctify To make holy or clean, either ceremonially or morally and spiritually; purify or free from sin.
    • sanctify To consecrate; set apart from a common to a sacred use; hallow or render sacred; invest with a sacred or elevated character: said of things or persons.
    • sanctify To make efficient as a means of holiness; render productive of spiritual blessing.
    • sanctify To make free from guilt; give a religious or a legal sanction to.
    • sanctify To keep pure; render inviolable.
    • sanctify To celebrate or confess as holy.
    • sanctify Synonyms To hallow.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Sanctify sangk′ti-fī to make sacred or holy: to set apart to sacred use: to free from sin or evil: to consecrate: to invest with a sacred character: to make efficient as the means of holiness: to secure from violation
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  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “It is the passion that is in a kiss that gives to it its sweetness; it is the affection in a kiss that sanctifies it.”
  • William Penn
    “A good End cannot sanctifie evil Means; nor must we ever do Evil, that Good may come of it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. sanctifier, L. sanctificare,; sanctus, holy + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See Saint, and -fy
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sanctificāre, -ātumsanctus, sacred, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

Robert Davis and Mary were sanctified wholly.
"Around Old Bethany" by Robert Lee Berry
It is the conviction that we have violated the love of our Father, our Saviour, our Sanctifier.
"Our Lady Saint Mary" by J. G. H. Barry
The deep-toned bell pealed solemnly, and sanctified the vale; for its sound strikes deeply ever on the broad ear of nature.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXIX." by Various
The licence for the people of Bethulia to drink the wine which is sanctified and reserved to the priests which serve the Lord.
"Judith" by Arnold Bennett
God will raise it from the dead and give it back again, sanctified and made alive unto God.
"The Master's Indwelling" by Andrew Murray
Concerning such Jesus said: "Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth".
"The Harp of God" by J. F. Rutherford
It is too hallowed by age and sanctified by the consent of humanity to meet with less than our highest admiration.
"Simon Magus" by George Robert Stow Mead
On September 9th Dr. Stebbins stood modestly but resolutely in the pulpit so sanctified by the memory of King.
"A Backward Glance at Eighty" by Charles A. Murdock
Thus a nation's ardent worshipers assembled in devotion at the spot sanctified by the visions of Bernadette Soubirons.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Paraclete, Holy Spirit, the Comforter, the Sanctifier.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming

In poetry:

We will be patient, and assuage the feeling
We may not wholly stay;
By silence sanctifying, not concealing,
The grief that must have way.
"By The Fireside : Resignation" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Bane and blessing, pain and pleasure,
By the Cross are sanctified;
Peace is there that knows no measure,
Joys that through all time abide.
"The Cross of Christ" by John Bowring
Creator! at whose steadfast word
Alike the years and oceans roll,
Here may thy truth in Christ, our Lord,
Shine forth and sanctify the soul.
"Hymns For Dedication II" by John Pierpont
For who wou'd eat the foot, that's curst
Since Adam's fall, ere he had first
(By calling on God's holy name,
And prayer) sanctify'd the same?
"Advice Concerning Eating And Drinking" by Rees Prichard
Ah, teach her, Lord! And shed through grief
The clear full light, the undefiled,
The blessing of the bright belief
Which sanctified her child.
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall
Upon the highest window-ledge
    A glowing scarlet flower shines down.
Oh, wistful sisterhood, whose home
    Has sanctified this quiet town!
"The Widow's House" by Sarah Orne Jewett

In news:

Church-Bred and Honky-Tonk Sanctified.
The way many of us think about sanctification is, well, not very sanctified.
Only dismay that an object so sanctified as a crucifix (even only a plastic one) would be desecrated by urine moved some adherents of the religion of peace to call for the artist's death.
The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes.
Church-Bred and Honky-Tonk Sanctified .
Church- Bred and Honky-Tonk Sanctified.
Slide Hampton Milestones Something Sanctified Atlantic Recording.
Church-Bred and Honky -Tonk Sanctified.
I could describe the arc of piss as sanctifying the changing table.
An Oscar-sanctified movie year in which nostalgic odes to film history.
"Unto them who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to the saints".
Why don't Mormons have a First Amendment right to enter into multiple marriages sanctified by their church, if not the state.
Priestly ordination creates new men who are bestowed with the gift and office of sanctifying, teaching and governing, Pope Benedict XVI said when he declared the Year of the Priests that began June 19.
Carol Daniels in what appeared to be a staged position on Sunday, August 23rd, behind the alter inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Anadarko.
Even so, Judaism dramatically would differ, by declaring that there is but One God, our God, and by sanctifying the animal-sacrifice rite as the Torah commanded.