Sanctify
Sanctify 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 {-fy}.] 1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to hallow. [1913 Webster]

God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. --Gen. ii. 3. [1913 Webster]

Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments. --Lev. viii. 30. [1913 Webster]

2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify. [1913 Webster]

Sanctify them through thy truth. --John xvii. 17. [1913 Webster]

3. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety. [1913 Webster]

A means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as to make me repent of that unjust act. --Eikon Basilike. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The holy man, amazed at what he saw, Made haste to sanctify the bliss by law. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line. --Pope. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • sanctify — index authorize, elevate, purge (purify) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • sanctify — late 14c., seintefie to consecrate, from O.Fr. saintifier (12c.), from L.L. sanctificare to make holy, from sanctus holy (see SAINT (Cf. saint)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Form altered to conform with Latin.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • sanctify — [v] hold in highest esteem absolve, anoint, bless, cleanse, consecrate, dedicate, deify, enshrine, glorify, hallow, purify, set apart, worship; concepts 10,12 Ant. desecrate, dishonor, disrespect …   New thesaurus

  • sanctify — ► VERB (sanctifies, sanctified) 1) make or declare holy; consecrate. 2) make legitimate or binding by religious sanction. 3) free from sin. 4) give the appearance of being right or good. DERIVATIVES sanctification noun …   English terms dictionary

  • sanctify — [saŋk′tə fī΄] vt. sanctified, sanctifying [ME sanctifien, altered (infl. by L) < OFr saintifier < LL(Ec) sanctificare: see SAINT & FY] 1. to make holy; specif., a) to set apart as holy; consecrate b) to make free from sin; purify …   English World dictionary

  • sanctify — sanctifiable, adj. sanctifiableness, n. sanctifiably, adv. sanctification, n. sanctifier, n. sanctifyingly, adv. /sangk teuh fuy /, v.t., sanctified, sanctifying. 1. to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate …   Universalium

  • sanctify — verb 1) he came to sanctify the site Syn: consecrate, bless, make holy, hallow, make sacred, dedicate to God 2) they sanctified themselves Syn: purify, cleanse, free from sin, absolve, unburden …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • sanctify — UK [ˈsæŋktɪfaɪ] / US [ˈsæŋktəˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms sanctify : present tense I/you/we/they sanctify he/she/it sanctifies present participle sanctifying past tense sanctified past participle sanctified to make something or someone holy …   English dictionary

  • sanctify — /ˈsæŋktəfaɪ / (say sangktuhfuy) verb (t) (sanctified, sanctifying) 1. to make holy; set apart as sacred; consecrate. 2. to purify or free from sin: sanctify your hearts. 3. to impart religious sanction to; render legitimate or binding: to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • sanctify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English seintefien, sanctifien, from Anglo French seintefier, sanctifier, from Late Latin sanctificare, from Latin sanctus sacred more at saint Date: 14th century 1. to set apart to a sacred… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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