- Hyphenation: con‧se‧crate
- (transitive) To declare something holy, or make it holy by some procedure.
- Synonyms: behallow, hallow; see also Thesaurus:consecrate
- Antonyms: desecrate, defile; see also Thesaurus:desecrate
- 1863 November 19, Abraham Lincoln, Dedicatory Remarks (Gettysburg Address), near Soldiers' National Cemetery, LCCN n94107481, Bliss copy, page 2:
- But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.
- (transitive, Roman Catholicism, specifically) To ordain as a bishop.
declare holy, or make holy by some procedure
- Consecrated; devoted; dedicated; sacred.
- 1622, Francis, Lord Verulam, Viscount St. Alban [i.e. Francis Bacon], The Historie of the Raigne of King Henry the Seventh, […], London: Printed by W[illiam] Stansby for Matthew Lownes, and William Barret, OCLC 1086746628:
- They were assembled in that consecrate place.