Latin consecratus, past participle of consecrare: “to make holy”, “devote”:
- com = together
- sacrare = sacred
First known use – 14th century
Consecrate (transitive verb):
- to induct (a person) into a permanent office with a religious rite; especially to ordain to the office of bishop
- to make or declare sacred, especially:
- to devote irrevocably to the worship of God by a solemn ceremony
- to devote to a purpose with or as if with deep solemnity or dedication
- to make inviolable or venerable (principles consecrated by the weight of history)
To coronate is, specifically, to crown. Consecrate is perhaps a broader term that may encompass a coronation.
Devote, dedicate, consecrate, and hallow all mean “to set apart for a special and often higher end”, but each with a slightly different connotation:
- devote has a sense of compulsion attached to it
- dedicate implies a solemness or something serious
- consecrate tends to suggest solemnity and sacredness
- hallow may imply intrinsic sanctity
- Verb: consecrate, consecrated, consecrating
- Adjective: consecrative; consecratory
- Noun: consecrator
Have you been consecrated?
Are you set apart?
- Consecrate – Merriam Webster Dictionary
- Consecrate – Online Etymology Dictionary
- Hebrew 6942 – Bible Hub