verb (used with object)
to invest with ministerial or sacerdotal functions; confer holy orders upon.
to enact or establish by law, edict, etc.:
to ordain a new type of government.
to decree; give orders for:
He ordained that the restrictions were to be lifted.
(of God, fate, etc.) to destine or predestine:
Fate had ordained the meeting.
verb (used without object)
to order or command:
Thus do the gods ordain.
to select for or appoint to an office.
to invest someone with sacerdotal functions.
to consecrate (someone) as a priest; confer holy orders upon
(may take a clause as object) to decree, appoint, or predestine irrevocably
(may take a clause as object) to order, establish, or enact with authority
(obsolete) to select for an office
late 13c., “to appoint or admit to the ministry of the Church,” from stem of Old French ordener “place in order, arrange, prepare; consecrate, designate” (Modern French ordonner) and directly from Latin ordinare “put in order, arrange, dispose, appoint,” from ordo (genitive ordinis) “order” (see order (n.)). The notion is “to confer holy orders upon.” Meaning “to decree, enact” is from c.1300; sense of “to set (something) that will continue in a certain order” is from early 14c. Related: Ordained; ordaining.
[awr-dey-nee, awr-dey-nee] /ɔrˈdeɪ ni, ˌɔr deɪˈni/ noun 1. a person who has been recently as a new member of the clergy.
[awr-deel, -dee-uh l, awr-deel] /ɔrˈdil, -ˈdi əl, ˈɔr dil/ noun 1. any extremely severe or trying test, experience, or trial. 2. a primitive form of trial to determine guilt or innocence by subjecting the accused person to fire, poison, or other serious danger, the result being regarded as a divine or preternatural judgment. /ɔːˈdiːl/ noun […]
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noun 1. any of several trees having poisonous seeds, leaves, etc., used in primitive trials by ordeal.