Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb ordain

4 senses of ordain

Sense 1
ordain, enact -- (order by virtue of superior authority; decree; "The King ordained the persecution and expulsion of the Jews"; "the legislature enacted this law in 1985")
       => decree -- (issue a decree; "The King only can decree")

Sense 2
ordain, consecrate, ordinate, order -- (appoint to a clerical posts; "he was ordained in the Church")
       => invest, vest, enthrone -- (provide with power and authority; "They vested the council with special rights")

Sense 3
ordain -- (invest with ministerial or priestly authority; "The minister was ordained only last month")
       => invest, vest, enthrone -- (provide with power and authority; "They vested the council with special rights")

Sense 4
ordain -- (issue an order)
       => decree -- (issue a decree; "The King only can decree")

Antonyms of adj ordained

2 senses of ordained

Sense 1
appointed, decreed, ordained, prescribed -- (fixed or established especially by order or command; "at the time appointed (or the appointed time"))

INDIRECT (VIA settled) -> unsettled -- (still in doubt; "an unsettled issue"; "an unsettled state of mind")

Sense 2
ordained -- (invested with ministerial or priestly functions; "an ordained priest")

INDIRECT (VIA consecrated) -> desecrated -- (treated with contempt; "many desecrated shrines and cemeteries")

Similarity of adj ordained

2 senses of ordained

Sense 1
appointed, decreed, ordained, prescribed -- (fixed or established especially by order or command; "at the time appointed (or the appointed time"))
       => settled (vs. unsettled) -- (established or decided beyond dispute or doubt; "with details of the wedding settled she could now sleep at night")

Sense 2
ordained -- (invested with ministerial or priestly functions; "an ordained priest")
       => consecrated (vs. desecrated), consecrate, dedicated -- (solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II")

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