1. To make sacred or holy; to set apart to a holy or religious use; to consecrate by appropriate rites; to
God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it.Gen. ii. 3.
Moses . . . sanctified Aaron and his garments.Lev. viii. 30.
2. To make free from sin; to cleanse from moral corruption and pollution; to purify.
Sanctify them through thy truth.John xvii. 17.
3. To make efficient as the means of holiness; to render productive of holiness or piety.
A means which his mercy hath sanctified so to me as to make me repent of that unjust act.Eikon Basilike.
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.
The holy man, amazed at what he saw,Dryden.
Made haste to sanctify the bliss by law.
Truth guards the poet, sanctifies the line.Pope.
(Sanc"ti*fy`ing*ly) adv. In a manner or degree tending to sanctify or make holy.
(Sanc*til"o*quent) a. [L. sanctus holy + loquens, p. pr. of loqui to speak.] Discoursing
on heavenly or holy things, or in a holy manner.
(Sanc`ti*mo"ni*al) a. [Cf. LL. sanctimonialis. ] Sanctimonious. [Obs.]
(Sanc`ti*mo"ni*ous) a. [See Sanctimony.]
1. Possessing sanctimony; holy; sacred; saintly. Shak.
2. Making a show of sanctity; affecting saintliness; hypocritically devout or pious. "Like the sanctimonious
Sanc`ti*mo"ni*ous*ly, adv. Sanc`ti*mo"ni*ous*ness, n.
(Sanc"ti*mo*ny) n. [L. sanctimonia, fr. sanctus holy: cf. OF. sanctimonie. See Saint.]
Holiness; devoutness; scrupulous austerity; sanctity; especially, outward or artificial saintliness; assumed or
pretended holiness; hypocritical devoutness.
Her pretense is a pilgrimage; . . . which holy undertaking with most austere sanctimony she accomplished.Shak.
(Sanc"tion) n. [L. sanctio, from sancire, sanctum to render sacred or inviolable, to fix unalterably: cf.
F. sanction. See Saint.]
1. Solemn or ceremonious ratification; an official act of a superior by which he ratifies and gives validity
to the act of some other person or body; establishment or furtherance of anything by giving authority to
it; confirmation; approbation.
The strictest professors of reason have added the sanction of their testimony.I. Watts.
2. Anything done or said to enforce the will, law, or authority of another; as, legal sanctions.
Syn. Ratification; authorization; authority; countenance; support.