• WordNet 3.6
    • n sacrament 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
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sacrament (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.
    • Sacrament The oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath. "I'll take the sacrament on't."
    • Sacrament The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery. "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."
    • v. t Sacrament To bind by an oath.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sacrament 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.
    • n sacrament 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. In the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Church there are seven sacraments—namely, baptism, confirmation, the eucharist, penance, holy orders, matrimony, and (in the Roman Catholic Church) extreme unction or (in the Greek Church) unction of the sick. Protestants in general acknowledge but two sacraments, baptism and the Lord's Supper. The difference of view as to the value or significance of sacraments is more important than the difference as to their true number. In general it may be said that there are three opinions respecting them: that the sacrament is a means of grace acting directly upon the heart and life, “a sure and certain means to bring peace to our souls” (Bishop Hay, Sincere Christian);
    • n sacrament The eucharist, or Lord's Supper: used with the definite article, and without any qualifying word.
    • sacrament To bind by an oath.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sacrament sak′ra-ment 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 Sacrament to bind by an oath
    • n Sacrament a book containing all the prayers and ceremonies used at the celebration of the R.C. sacraments: a sacramentarian
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  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Divorce is the sacrament of adultery.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.”
  • Voltaire
    “In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.”
  • Florynce R. Kennedy
    Florynce R. Kennedy
    “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sacramentum, an oath, a sacred thing, a mystery, a sacrament, fr. sacrare, to declare as sacred, sacer, sacred: cf. F. sacrement,. See Sacred


In literature:

For that is the supreme sacrament of all, the very type and complete embodiment of the sacramental principle.
"Gloria Crucis addresses delivered in Lichfield Cathedral Holy Week and Good Friday, 1907" by J. H. Beibitz
The ritual and sacramental system furnished a remedy.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Next comes the Sacrament, and has the surplice and hood.
"Loss and Gain" by John Henry Newman
The importance of the two holy Sacraments of Christ is in connection with this truth.
"The Kingdom of Heaven; What is it?" by Edward Burbidge
By him, but as he pointed out to me, the sacrament's validity doesn't depend on the priest.
"The Alembic Plot" by Ann Wilson
For he had seen Desmond grow up from infancy to manhood, and had prepared him for the Sacraments.
"Grey Town" by Gerald Baldwin
He was accused of denying the presence of Christ's body in the sacrament.
"John Hus" by William Dallmann
Only night before last, I was ridden into a field where they partook of a witches' sacrament.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
To them the sacraments of the Church were the outward signs of their own subjugation and misery.
"Nagualism" by Daniel G. Brinton
Without these progress was blocked, and without these a Sacrament is no Sacrament.
"Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries" by Annie Besant

In poetry:

"For Tituba, my Indian, saith
At Quasycung she took
The Black Man's godless sacrament
And signed his dreadful book.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The glorious Sacrament of Christ
Is tonic to the soul each day:
A ransom in the Blood of love,
Is gain for those who humbly pray.
"Our Day" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey
Away they sent the sacrament,
The fit it left her weak,
She look'd at her children with ghastly eyes
And faintly struggled to speak.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
The old Woman shriek'd as they entered her door,
'Twas fearful her shrieks to hear,
Now take the sacrament away
For mercy, my children dear!
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
I will not let thee go.
Have not the young flowers been content,
Plucked ere their buds could blow,
To seal our sacrament?
I cannot let thee go.
"I Will Not Let Thee Go" by Robert Seymour Bridges
None would the service ask
That she from love requires,
Making it not a task
But a high sacrament
Of all love's dear desires
And all life's grave intent.
"After A Year" by Thomas MacDonagh

In news:

The purpose of the sacrament is to ensure that ancestors can join church members in the afterlife.
Curtis Carl Wehmeyer was the pastor at the Parish of the Blessed Sacrament in St Paul.
The mass, officiated by Deacon Don Musso, was held at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
So it made no difference that reserves scored more than half their points during a 99-90 victory over the Sacrament Kings Sunday evening in front of a crowd 11,965 at the Sleep Train Arena.
Most Blessed Sacrament Students Out of Uniform.
Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School.
Join in America's 'civic sacrament ' by voting today.
Voting is our 'civic sacrament .
Horror film ' Sacrament ' scares up cast.
Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones have been cast in Ti West's horror thriller, "The Sacrament ," financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment.
"When I Take the Sacrament , I Remember Jesus" by by C.J.
Spotted®: Blessed Sacrament School Trick-or-Trunk.
Syracuse, NY --A free examination of child safety seats by Syracuse police officers will be held 2 to 6 pm Thursday in the parking lot Blessed Sacrament School, 3129 James St.
HYDE SQ.–The owners of the former Blessed Sacrament Church complex apologized for their secrecy in planning high-end housing on the site, and pledged to hear out any alternative ideas, at a meeting tonight to address community controversy.
' Sacramental ' poetry blesses America's soul.

In science:

Europe went to war about sacraments, you know, the mystery of eucharistic miracle and al l that niceties.
Dream of a Christmas lecture