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Meaning of sacrament

sac•ra•ment

Pronunciation: (sak'ru-munt), [key]
— n.
  1. a visible sign of an inward grace, esp. one of the solemn Christian rites considered to have been instituted by Jesus Christ to symbolize or confer grace: the sacraments of the Protestant churches are baptism and the Lord's Supper; the sacraments of the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox churches are baptism, confirmation, the Eucharist, matrimony, penance, holy orders, and extreme unction.
  2. (often cap.) Also calledthe Eucharist or Lord's Supper.
  3. the consecrated elements of the Eucharist, esp. the bread.
  4. something regarded as possessing a sacred character or mysterious significance.
  5. a sign, token, or symbol.
  6. an oath; solemn pledge.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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