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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-dn-ey-shuh n]
    • /ˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/
    • /ˌɔː.dɪˈneɪ.ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-dn-ey-shuh n]
    • /ˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/

Definitions of ordination word

  • noun ordination Ecclesiastical. the act or ceremony of ordaining. 1
  • noun ordination the fact or state of being ordained. 1
  • noun ordination a decreeing. 1
  • noun ordination the act of arranging. 1
  • noun ordination the resulting state; disposition; arrangement. 1
  • noun ordination The action of ordaining or conferring holy orders on someone. 1

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Origin of ordination

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English ordinacioun < Late Latin ōrdinātiō ordainment, Latin: a putting in order, appointment, equivalent to ōrdinā(re) to order, arrange (derivative of ōrdō, stem ōrdin-, order) + -tiō -tion

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Parts of speech for Ordination


ordination popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
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Synonyms for ordination

noun ordination

  • investiture — the act or process of investing.
  • consecration — the part of the Mass after the sermon during which the bread and wine are believed to change into the Body and Blood of Christ
  • ceremony — A ceremony is a formal event such as a wedding.
  • conferment — to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
  • installation — something installed, as machinery or apparatus placed in position or connected for use.

Antonyms for ordination

noun ordination

  • disorder — lack of order or regular arrangement; confusion: Your room is in utter disorder.
  • disorganization — a breaking up of order or system; disunion or disruption of constituent parts.
  • disorganisation — Alternative spelling of disorganization.

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