Definitions for: Sanctify

[v] make pure or free from sin or guilt; "he left the monastery purified"
[v] render holy by means of religious rites

Webster (1913) Definition: Sanc"ti*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sanctified; p. pr.
& vb. n. Sanctifying.] [F. sanctifier, L. sanctificare;
sanctus holy + -ficare (in comp.) to make. See Saint, and
1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or
religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to

God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.
--Gen. ii. 3.

Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments.
--Lev. viii.

2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption
and pollution; to purify.

Sanctify them through thy truth. --John xvii.

3. 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. --Eikon

4. 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. --Dryden.

Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. --Pope.

Synonyms: bless, consecrate, hallow, purge, purify

Antonyms: deconsecrate, desecrate

See Also: alter, change, declare, lustrate, reconsecrate, spiritualise, spiritualize

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