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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of consecrate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. made or declared or believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or some religious ceremony or use
  • adj. solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose

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Examples

  • Your cousin, Clotilde, has now been a widow for nearly two years; that, I believe, is the term consecrated by custom to the mourning of a husband.

    Led Astray and The Sphinx Two Novellas In One Volume

  • To take a term consecrated by centuries of usage and to attach a brand-new meaning to it, of which those who through the ages had it constantly on their lips never dreamed, is to say the least extremely misleading.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Suppose this point then settled, for anything would be remarkable and highly rememberable which comes near to a common familiar fraction of so vast a period in human affairs as a millennium [a term consecrated to our Christian ears, (1) by its use in the Apocalypse; (2) by its symbolic use in representing the long Sabbath of rest from sin and misery, and finally (3) even to the profane ear by the fact of its being the largest period which we employ in our historical estimates].

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2

  • Byron, too, distinguished Moore as "a name consecrated by unshaken public principle, and the most undoubted and various talents."

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction. Volume 12, No. 349, Supplement to Volume 12.

  • Such is the general character of the people of the Gaulish blood; but in that character itself, an observation of facts leads us to recognise two distinct shades corresponding to two distinct branches of the family, or to use the expression consecrated by history, to two distinct races.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348

  • [C] The name consecrated by De Saussure to designate certain rocks in

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 105, July 1866

  • The rule of the Church is that no man who has gone out with the known intention of taking blood, but is killed himself, may be buried in consecrated ground, for he has died with the sin of intended murder on his soul.

    High Albania

  • Two things only did they consider important – to keep the fasts and to be buried in consecrated ground.

    High Albania

  • 'Isn't the phrase consecrated to a different class?' said Miss Levering, quietly.

    The Convert

  • Napoleon, who had already received the official recognition of foreign powers, was anxious to have his Imperial title consecrated by a great religious ceremony, the fame of which should resound throughout the whole Catholic world.

    The Court of the Empress Josephine

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