Definition of consummation in English:



  • 1The action of making a marriage or relationship complete by having sexual intercourse.

    ‘the eager consummation that follows a long and passionate seduction’
    • ‘Complaining of a stomach ailment, I had convinced Oglivie to leave the consummation of our marriage bed until tomorrow, when I was feeling better.’
    • ‘The wounded unicorn recovers from its wounds amid obvious symbols of fertility: Symbol in part of the consummation of the marriage, the unicorn is tethered by a gold chain to the pomegranate tree of fertility.’
    • ‘Better than that, it turns out they were married and she fled before the consummation of the marriage!’
    • ‘It is really a prelude to the consummation of the marriage, which takes place typically at the end of the evening, or, in rural areas, at the end of several days' celebration.’
    • ‘What's to come for all these characters - marriages, consummations, and resolutions - is far from sure.’
    • ‘After the consummation of the marriage, there is a period of seclusion until the young couple re-enters society.’
    • ‘Adultery here is defined even as the consummation of a marriage without the wedding rites.’
    • ‘In a story like way, these paintings display the process of love, ‘that moves from initial flirtations, to the ecstasies of physical love consummation, then to the anxieties of jealousy and rejection’.’
    • ‘This, I believe, is the essence of the poem; you believe that through the consummation of a marriage of mind and nature it is possible to create paradise here on earth.’
    • ‘Sex is the private consummation of a public commitment.’
    • ‘In Chinese culture, whole pomegranates were rolled onto the floor of the wedding chamber to promote fruitfulness during the consummation of the marriage.’
    • ‘The reality consists of an overriding concern with the physical consummation of their aborted marriage.’
    • ‘He falls asleep on his wedding night before his bride, Nathalia, enters the bedroom and finds her groom snoring away oblivious to the possibilities of consummation.’
    • ‘This was apparently nothing at all like the consummations that I had previously encountered in my dark marital bedroom.’
    • ‘Emphasising chastity over consummation, courtship over marriage, and desire over fulfilment, Platonic love inverts much of the medical advice for what Renaissance doctors hold to be healthy in romantic love.’
    • ‘It was consummation of a long, enduring affair.’
    • ‘In this cultural context the sexual consummation of the relationship may be less rewarding than was anticipated.’
    • ‘It represents consummation of the affair between the lovers.’
    • ‘It is about a 15-year-old boy who leaves home for a hobo life, finds companionship, the consummation of first love and a home in a deserted train carriage.’
    • ‘There was no ultimate consummation of their affair, however.’
    1. 1.1 The point at which something is complete or finalized.
      ‘the consummation of a sale’
      • ‘But not all unions are the same, nor should the consummation of all unions be desired.’
      • ‘The use of force was not proposed, and even the threat of sanctions was delayed until after the consummation of the atrocities.’
      • ‘While we're on the subject of payment, Perle stands to collect another $600,000 upon consummation of the Global Crossing deal.’
      • ‘In 1990, however, the rhetoric conveyed the impression also that multilateralism was to be an end in itself, the final apotheosis and consummation of the quest to extend the rules of the game to all potential players within it.’
      • ‘But as the deal moved toward consummation, the Goldman arrangement was never disclosed in public documents to AOL or Time Warner shareholders.’
      • ‘For landowners, industrialists, financiers, the Catholic Church, and the military who witnessed the consummation of the Russian alliance in the state visit of Nicholas II to France in October 1896, it was an Indian summer.’
      • ‘How the Administration plans to work toward that happy consummation is another of those awkward unanswered questions.’
      • ‘Is this a ritual dance, a prelude to the consummation of a deal?’
      • ‘Will we finally see the consummation of a telecoms merger?’
      • ‘The consummation of Eliot's appeal was the longest running musical in history, Cats.’
      • ‘Instead, art - the work of art - finds itself locked in a double bind between self-contained consummation and self-contained exclusion.’
      • ‘The consummation of this superiority would be the betrayal itself - that would set her above all others.’
      • ‘It is the ultimate and logical consummation of the victim culture: ‘We cannot keep our fingers out of the till - but it's not our fault, it's society that is to blame!’’
      • ‘And considering that he has since remained largely true to this sound, it can be seen not only as the consummation of all he had worked toward, but a window to what he would later accomplish.’
      • ‘Until that happy consummation, it will continue to hobble the Scottish economy and extinguish the spirit of enterprise it notionally champions.’
      • ‘Finally, consummation of the deal will bring to an end a significant drain on AIB's management time and leave it with more time and capital to focus on its other key overseas investment - in Poland.’
      • ‘Verdi's dramas were often violent and bloody, from ‘Otello’ - the consummation of tragic opera - to his only comic opera ‘Falstaff’ which is perfection of the genre.’
      • ‘Seven years later, we are still waiting for the consummation of this technically challenging threat and the British press continue doing whatever it is that riles him so much, usually at airports.’
      • ‘The timing of that visit depended on the ‘final consummation of the peace process in Northern Ireland’, Mrs McAleese stressed.’
      • ‘The consummation of their hope is set before them, along with the salvation of the world.’
      completion, accomplishment, achievement, attainment
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Late Middle English: from Latin consummatio(n-), from the verb consummare (see consummate).