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1. Of, relating to, or used in a sacrament.
2. Consecrated or bound by or as if by a sacrament: a sacramental duty.
3. Having the force or efficacy of a sacrament.
A rite, act, or sacred object used by some Christian churches in worship.

sac′ra·men′tal·ly adv.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, or having the nature of a sacrament
2. bound by or as if by a sacrament
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church a sacrament-like ritual action, such as the sign of the cross or the use of holy water
ˌsacraˈmentally adv
sacramentality, ˌsacraˈmentalness n


(ˌsæk rəˈmɛn tl)

1. of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a sacrament, esp. the sacrament of the Eucharist.
2. powerfully binding: a sacramental obligation.
3. a sacred act, ceremony, or object instituted by the Church, as prayer, a blessing, or holy water.
[1350–1400; < Late Latin sacrāmentālis. See sacrament]
sac`ra•men′tal•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.sacramental - of or relating to or involving a sacrament
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[ˌsækrəˈmentl] ADJsacramental


adj vows, rites, significancesakramental; sacramental wineOpferwein m


(ˈsӕkrəmənt) noun
in the Christian church, a ceremony regarded as especially sacred, eg marriage, or baptism.
ˌsacraˈmental (-ˈmen-) adjective
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They shall never fill a long-felt want (in the sacramental phrase that is applied to railways, tunnels, newspapers, and new editions of books).
There was something sacramental about the deliberate caress.
Where has this mad fellow stolen that sacramental vessel?
cried Captain Langford, seizing Jervase Helwyse so roughly by the shoulder that the sacramental cup was overturned, and its contents sprinkled upon Lady Eleanore's mantle.
Now they found a sacramental vessel, which had been destined as a gift to some Catholic church.
Dear," Archer whispered, pressing her to him: it was borne in on him that the first hours of being engaged, even if spent in a ball-room, had in them something grave and sacramental.
thou clear spirit of clear fire, whom on these seas I as Persian once did worship, till in the sacramental act so burned by thee, that to this hour I bear the scar; I now know thee, thou clear spirit, and I now know that thy right worship is defiance.
Altars were resplendent with sacramental luxury; the wreaths of orange-flowers that crowned the figures of the Virgin were fresh.
You have swallowed a snake in a cup of sacramental wine," quoth he.
you would never guess what extraordinary events are revealed by the anagram of this sacramental sentence" [he pulls out a piece of paper and reads], "Charles dix, par la grace de Dieu, roi de France et de Navarre.
In many ways, sacramental ministry devolved into sacramental magic in the late Middle Ages, but the church's leadership rejected repeated calls for reform until the 16th century, by which tint
Eucharist as Meaning: Critical Metaphysics and Contemporary Sacramental Theology.