Consecrate

verb
to make or declare something sacred
root: SACER
definition of root: "sacred"

The ground where the twin towers once stood in New York City has been consecrated as a memorial to those who died in those buildings.  


Sanctimonious

adjective
pretending to be righteous
root: SANCTUS
definition of root: "holy"

The santimonious king thought that he ruled the world when in reality, his kingdom was not much bigger than the nearest town.


Hierarchy

noun
a group organized by rank
root: HIEROS
definition of root: "holy" "sacred" "supernatural"

Even though it was said that all men are equal, John thought it unfair that he was stuck at the bottom of the hierarchy of the business world.

Expiate

verb
to make amends for; to atone for
root: PIO, PIARE, PIAVI, PIATUM
definition of root: "to appease" "to purify with sacred rites)"

After the young boy hit his sister, he tried to expiate his actions by offering his sister the piece candy he had stowed in his pocket.

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