Definition of ordination in English:

ordination

noun

  • 1The action of ordaining or conferring holy orders on someone.

    • ‘Encouraged by his mother and her great friend, John Donne, he accepted ordination as a deacon.’
    • ‘Redwoods Presbytery voted 90-37 to approve Morrison's ordination and installation as a field director for More Light Presbyterians.’
    • ‘Among Anglicans, responsibility for the good order of the Church is placed in the hands of bishops by custom, rites of ordination, and canon law.’
    • ‘One of the things I most look forward to, if the Lord wills, is attending my son Jeremy's ordination to the ministry.’
    • ‘When I mentioned this to my wife Regina she said, ‘It should teach you that ordination isn't for you; it's for the church.’’
    • ‘With other controversial issues such as slavery and women's ordination, laity and clergy could find Bible verses to help Spirit-led changes.’
    • ‘I refer specifically to the Eastern tradition of requiring men to be married before they are ordained and prohibiting marriage after ordination.’
    • ‘All churches have structures of ministry that they identify, in various ways, as arising from baptism and conferred through ordination and other forms of blessing and appointment.’
    • ‘Behr-Sigel recognizes that Orthodox women are not permitted to preach within the liturgy itself, and that the possibility of ordination to the presbyterate seems a dim prospect.’
    • ‘As for Harrigan, no fair reader could claim that the article did not delve into contentious issues such as liturgical reform, women's ordination, clerical sexual abuse, and racism.’
    • ‘The more we think about ordination in the context of baptism, the greater the leveling effect.’
    • ‘Attending to political perceptions and consequences, while not unimportant, is nowhere to be found in the rite of episcopal ordination.’
    • ‘The church retains the right to deny ordination to people on many grounds: age, marital history, financial history, criminal history, psychiatric history, and so on.’
    • ‘The Protestant Church of North India is now training women for ordination, despite initial resistance.’
    • ‘Ministry does not begin at ordination, but at baptism.’
    • ‘The nature of each is spelled out in baptism and ordination.’
    • ‘One is ordained and two are considering ordination.’
    • ‘Infidelity to one's vows is sinful; infidelity to the grace and character of sacred ordination to the priesthood is sinful; sexual abuse in whatever form is sinful.’
    • ‘Whether at ordination a man expected to be a priest for thirty-seven years or forty-eight years, ordination was ordination.’
    • ‘Lutherans had agreed to the Episcopal practice of ordination by a bishop.’
    induction, introduction, admission, admittance, installation, incorporation, investiture, investment, enlistment, enrolment, recruitment
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    1. 1.1 A ceremony in which someone is ordained.
      • ‘So the headquarters decided to have a full ordination ceremony here in Australia.’
      • ‘Participants in the ordination ceremony included Morrison's father, Steve, who is an elder at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.’
      • ‘What the church does, then, when it conducts the wedding rite or the ordination rite is clear enough.’
      • ‘If ordinations are classed as invalid because of such considerations, then the sacramental character of the ecclesial community is called into question.’
      • ‘Two weeks later, Olsen participated in the Episcopalians' ordinations at St. James Cathedral.’
      • ‘After all, a coronation is merely an ordination on the grand scale.’
      • ‘Bishop Christy Jones sent his apologies as he was performing an ordination in Strokestown at the same time.’
      • ‘After their ordinations, parishioners and others will help complete their formation.’
      • ‘In an older time, the hymn was frequently sung at priestly ordinations.’
      • ‘But, at the end of that practice period, the fall of 1972, I came back up here for the ordination ceremony and was here for about a year acting as Richard's attendant.’
      • ‘There are now 400-500 ordinations annually in Italy, compared to 100-150 in France; in the 1950s France had a smaller population and ordained more priests.’
      • ‘Campbell participated in many ordinations of men who would become pastors in these new churches.’
      • ‘In order for a woman to be recognized as deacon an ordination had to take place.’
      • ‘The bishop, as spiritual elder, officiates at baptisms, weddings, communions, funerals, ordinations, and membership meetings.’
      • ‘The new ordinations also circumvent centuries-old protocol, said Jan Nunley, a priest who is deputy director of the Episcopal News Service.’
      • ‘There are, however, no studies of Marrant's Narrative as an ordination sermon, and the function that it served as such.’
      • ‘Lutherans have historically allowed pastors to preside at ordinations when authorized by the candidate's synod bishop.’
      • ‘I am reasonably sure the statement would also rule invalid the ordinations of several canonized saints.’
      • ‘The ordination ceremony honors the presence of a special voice.’
      • ‘There will be a solemn ordination service, with the taking of vows, the laying on of hands, and the giving of the right hand of fellowship.’
      installation, instatement, induction, investiture, inauguration, introduction, swearing in, initiation
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  • 2Ecology
    A statistical technique in which data from a large number of sites or populations are represented as points in a two- or three-dimensional coordinate frame.

    • ‘Such trends are better displayed by ordination techniques that map the relationship between communities in two- or three-dimensional space.’
    • ‘Both the habitat data and the ordination analysis indicate that many of these exotic species are found in forested areas.’
    • ‘A non-metric multidimensional scaling ordination identified two gradients of species replacement distinguished by differences in forest canopy species and groundcover.’
    • ‘Inter-sample relationships in ordination space were largely determined by the abundance of common taxa.’
    • ‘The requirements of assembling the ordination are the principal limitation to wide application.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the general sense ‘arrangement in order’): from Latin ordinatio(n-), from Latin ordinare ‘put in order’ (see ordain).

Pronunciation

ordination

/ˌôrdnˈāSH(ə)n//ˌɔrdnˈeɪʃ(ə)n/