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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
sanctify (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use - consecrate
2.
to free from sin - purify
3.
a) to impart or impute sacredness, inviolability, or respect to
b) to give moral or social to - sanction
4.
to make productive of holiness or piety - observe the day of the sabbath, to sanctify it Deuteronomy 5:12(Douay Version)
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
sanctify (verb)
1.
to free from moral guilt or blemish especially ceremonially
SYNONIMS:
cleanse, purge, sanctify
RELATED WORDS:
amend, improve, refine; heal, regenerate, restore; elevate, ennoble, uplift; absolve, acquit, clear, exonerate, vindicate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
corrupt, debase, debauch, defile, degrade, demean, deprave, pervert, stain, warp; poison, profane, prostitute; sully, tarnish
sanctify (verb)
2.
to make holy through prayers or ritual
SYNONIMS:
consecrate, hallow, sacralize, sanctify
RELATED WORDS:
baptize, canonize, spiritualize; chasten, cleanse, lustrate, purify; exorcise ( exorcize), expurgate; commit, dedicate, devote; reconsecrate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
defile, desecrate, profane; dirty, foul, pollute, soil, taint, violate; blaspheme, curse, cuss, damn, execrate; cast out, condemn, damn, punish
deconsecrate, desacralize, desanctify
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