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SACRAMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sacrament mean? 

SACRAMENT (noun)
  The noun SACRAMENT has 1 sense:

1. 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

  Familiarity information: SACRAMENT used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


SACRAMENT (noun)


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Meaning:

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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Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("sacrament" is a kind of...):

religious ceremony; religious ritual (a ceremony having religious meaning)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sacrament"):

Eucharist; Eucharistic liturgy; Holy Eucharist; Holy Sacrament; Liturgy; Lord's Supper; sacrament of the Eucharist (a Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper by consecrating bread and wine)

matrimony (the ceremony or sacrament of marriage)

baptism (a Christian sacrament signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth)

confirmation (a sacrament admitting a baptized person to full participation in the church)

penance (a Catholic sacrament; repentance and confession and satisfaction and absolution)

anointing of the sick; extreme unction; last rites (a Catholic sacrament; a priest anoints a dying person with oil and prays for salvation)

holy order (the sacrament of ordination)


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