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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion /ˌsæŋ(k)təfəˈkeʃən/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sanc·ti·fi·ca·tion n.
 1. The act of sanctifying or making holy; the state of being sanctified or made holy; esp. Theol., the act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God; also, the state of being thus purified or sanctified.
    God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.   --2 Thess. ii. 13.
 2. The act of consecrating, or of setting apart for a sacred purpose; consecration.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a religious ceremony in which something is made holy

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    involves more than a mere moral reformation of character,
    brought about by the power of the truth: it is the work of the
    Holy Spirit bringing the whole nature more and more under the
    influences of the new gracious principles implanted in the soul
    in regeneration. In other words, sanctification is the carrying
    on to perfection the work begun in regeneration, and it extends
    to the whole man (Rom. 6:13; 2 Cor. 4:6; Col. 3:10; 1 John 4:7;
    1 Cor. 6:19). It is the special office of the Holy Spirit in the
    plan of redemption to carry on this work (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Thess.
    2:13). Faith is instrumental in securing sanctification,
    inasmuch as it (1) secures union to Christ (Gal. 2:20), and (2)
    brings the believer into living contact with the truth, whereby
    he is led to yield obedience "to the commands, trembling at the
    threatenings, and embracing the promises of God for this life
    and that which is to come."
      Perfect sanctification is not attainable in this life (1 Kings
    8:46; Prov. 20:9; Eccl. 7:20; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8). See Paul's
    account of himself in Rom. 7:14-25; Phil. 3:12-14; and 1 Tim.
    1:15; also the confessions of David (Ps. 19:12, 13; 51), of
    Moses (90:8), of Job (42:5, 6), and of Daniel (9:3-20). "The
    more holy a man is, the more humble, self-renouncing,
    self-abhorring, and the more sensitive to every sin he becomes,
    and the more closely he clings to Christ. The moral
    imperfections which cling to him he feels to be sins, which he
    laments and strives to overcome. Believers find that their life
    is a constant warfare, and they need to take the kingdom of
    heaven by storm, and watch while they pray. They are always
    subject to the constant chastisement of their Father's loving
    hand, which can only be designed to correct their imperfections
    and to confirm their graces. And it has been notoriously the
    fact that the best Christians have been those who have been the
    least prone to claim the attainment of perfection for
    themselves.", Hodge's Outlines.