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. Lincoln mentioned how soldiers consecrated the Civil War battlefield in his Gettysburg Address: "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”

Definitions of consecrated

adj made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use

“a consecrated church”
sacred, sanctified
belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power

adj solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose

“a life consecrated to science”
“the consecrated chapel”
consecrate, dedicated
invested with ministerial or priestly functions
dedicated in fulfillment of a vow
belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
concerned with religion or religious purposes
treated with contempt
divested of consecration
profaned, violated
treated irreverently or sacrilegiously
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