from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of consummating; a fulfillment.
  • noun An ultimate goal or end.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Accomplishment; completion; end; the fulfilment or conclusion of anything: as, the consummation of one's wishes, or of an enterprise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of consummating, or the state of being consummated; completion; perfection; termination; end (as of the world or of life).
  • noun completion of the connubial relation by actual cohabition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of consummating, or the state of being consummated; the state of being completed; completion.
  • noun The first act of sexual intercourse in a relationship, particularly the first such act following marriage.
  • noun The achievement of perfection.
  • noun Termination; the end (as of the world or of life).

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

  • noun the act of bringing to completion or fruition
  • noun the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse


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  • As a result, the urn pushes beyond the logic of consumer desire: where the consumer can at least hope for an imagined consummation from a given commodity, the urn makes that satisfaction impossible and emphasizes the paradoxical bliss one takes in an anticipation that is never fulfilled.

    Ode on a Grecian Urn 2003

  • The consummation is when the seer looks up from earth into the unseen world, and has the future shown to him by angels, that is, apocalypse.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • The final consummation is the great theme of the Gospel announced to, and by, the prophets (compare Ga 3: 8).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • Instead of the third woe being detailed, the grand consummation is summarily noticed, the thanksgiving of the twenty-four elders in heaven for the establishment of Christ's kingdom on earth, attended with the destruction of the destroyers of the earth.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • At the seventh, the consummation is fully attained (Re 11: 15).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • * Till that blessed consummation is reached let all questions of minor importance be forgotten.

    The Curtained Throne 1865

  • Assuming that that consummation is yet to be arrived at, which we are very far indeed from admitting, is it necessary that, like the Israelites, she must pass through a desert in order to become a nation?

    The Contest in America 1862

  • Unhappily, we fear that such a consummation is still far distant.

    Disunion in the United States 1861

  • Whenever that consummation is attained the root of bitterness will have perished from the land; and when a few years shall have passed, blunting the hatred which has been excited by this fratricidal strife, the Americans of both the Northern and Southern States will perceive that the selfish policy of other nations would not have so rejoiced over their division had it not seemed, to those who loved them not, the proof of past failure and the prophecy of future weakness.

    Current Literature 1863

  • And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.

    Can America Survive? John Hagee 2010


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  • Wulf had its occult necessities, demanded now that the great consummation was close a small fee of purity, a little swept-clean antechamber before the hall of majestic filth. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 18, 2012