Define.com is an educational nonprofit global peace initiative whose purpose is to promote electronic democracy, science, academia, engineering, medicine and nursing in particular, creativity, imagination, reason, critical thinking, peace, citizen equality, race and gender equality, civil rights, equal access to education, personal liberty, free speech, freedom of the press, animal rights, compassionate and nonviolent parenting, social and economic justice, social and ecological responsibility, open and transparent government, global monetary reform, secularism, cognitive liberty and a permanent cessation of the War on Drugs.

Sacrament

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sacrament \Sac"ra*ment\, verb (used with an object) To bind by an oath. [Obs.] --Laud.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sacrament \Sac"ra*ment\, noun [L. sacramentum an oath, a sacred thing, a mystery, a sacrament, fr. sacrare to declare as sacred, sacer sacred: cf. F. sacrement. See {Sacred}.]

1. The oath of allegiance taken by Roman soldiers; hence, a sacred ceremony used to impress an obligation; a solemn oath-taking; an oath. [Obs.]

I'll take the sacrament on't. --Shak.

2. The pledge or token of an oath or solemn covenant; a sacred thing; a mystery. [Obs.]

God sometimes sent a light of fire, and pillar of a cloud . . . and the sacrament of a rainbow, to guide his people through their portion of sorrows. --Jer. Taylor.

3. (Theol.) One of the solemn religious ordinances enjoined by Christ, the head of the Christian church, to be observed by his followers; hence, specifically, the eucharist; the Lord's Supper.

Syn: {Sacrament}, {Eucharist}.

Usage: Protestants apply the term sacrament to baptism and the Lord's Supper, especially the latter. The R. Cath. and Greek churches have five other sacraments, viz., confirmation, penance, holy orders, matrimony, and extreme unction. As sacrament denotes an oath or vow, the word has been applied by way of emphasis to the Lord's Supper, where the most sacred vows are renewed by the Christian in commemorating the death of his Redeemer. Eucharist denotes the giving of thanks; and this term also has been applied to the same ordinance, as expressing the grateful remembrance of Christ's sufferings and death. "Some receive the sacrament as a means to procure great graces and blessings; others as an eucharist and an office of thanksgiving for what they have received." --Jer. Taylor.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sacrament

noun

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


Definitions retrieved from the Open Source DICT dictionary. Click here for database copyright information.