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consecrated

When something is consecrated it is declared to be sacred or holy. Many Catholics, for example, believe that bread and wine are consecrated, or made sacred during Holy Communion, becoming the body and blood of Christ.

The word consecrated is made up of the Latin suffix con-, which expresses intensive force and sacrare, meaning "dedicate." Something that is consecrated is intensely dedicated to the point of being declared holy. It's not just bread and wine that people believe to be consecrated. You might call a cemetery "consecrated ground."

Definitions of consecrated
  1. adjective
    made, declared, or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use
    “a consecrated church”
    synonyms: sacred, sanctified
    holy
    belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
  2. adjective
    solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose
    “a life consecrated to science”
    “the consecrated chapel”
    synonyms: consecrate, dedicated
    ordained
    invested with ministerial or priestly functions
    votive
    dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
    holy
    belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
    sacred
    concerned with religion or religious purposes
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    Antonyms:
    desecrated
    treated with contempt
    deconsecrated
    divested of consecration
    profaned, violated
    treated irreverently or sacrilegiously
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