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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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