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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ As months, then years, then centuries passed, however, the final consummation never seemed to come.
▪ As the crowd waited outside, the macabre ritual in the prison itself approached its consummation.
▪ For if consummation was the obverse side of the coin at Niagara, death or the prospect of death was the reverse.
▪ The consummation is one of which he may well be proud.
▪ The funding of this financing is subject to certain conditions, including the consummation of the Equity Tender Offer.
▪ There are uncertainties about adequate scale and revenue, and the consummation of ever-larger mergers.
▪ This is the father of all perfection, or consummation of the whole world.
▪ Ultimately the sexing of Pride and Prejudice, though, was all trussed-up foreplay with no consummation.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Consummation \Con`sum*ma"tion\ (k[o^]n`s[u^]m*m[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. The act of consummating, or the state of being consummated; completion; perfection; termination; end (as of the world or of life).

``'T is a consummation Devoutly to be wished.

From its original to its consummation.

Quiet consummation have, And renown['e]d be thy grave.

Consummation of marriage, completion of the connubial relation by actual cohabition.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "completion," from Latin consummationem (nominative consummatio), from consummat-, past participle stem of consummare "to sum up, finish," from com- "together" (see com-) + summa "sum, total," from summus "highest" (see sum (n.)). Sense of "completion of a marriage (by sexual intercourse)" is c.1530.


n. 1 The act of consummating, or the state of being consummated; the state of being completed; completion. 2 The first act of sexual intercourse in a relationship, particularly the first such act following marriage. 3 The achievement of perfection. 4 termination; the end (as of the world or of life).

  1. n. the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse

  2. the act of bringing to completion or fruition


In many traditions and statutes of civil or religious law, the consummation of a marriage, often called simply consummation, is the first (or first officially credited) act of sexual intercourse between two people, either following their marriage to each other or after a prolonged sexual attraction. The definition of consummation usually refers to penile-vaginal sexual penetration, but some religious doctrines hold that there is an additional requirement that there must not be any contraception used.

The religious, cultural, or legal significance of consummation may arise from theories of marriage as having the purpose of producing legally recognized descendants of the partners, or of providing sanction to their sexual acts together, or both, and its absence may amount to treating a marriage ceremony as falling short of completing the state of being married, or as creating a marriage which may later be repudiated. Thus in some legal systems a marriage may be annulled if it has not been consummated. Consummation is also very relevant in the case of a common law marriage.

In addition to these formal and literal usages, the term also exists in informal and less precise usage to refer to a sexual landmark in relationships of varying intensity and duration.

Consummation (disambiguation)

Consummation is the first act of sexual intercourse between two individuals, either following their marriage or a prolonged sexual attraction.

Consummation can also refer to:

  • Consummation (album), 1970 recording
  • Consummation of days, event predicted in Daniel Chapter 12, verses 1-4 (in Book of Daniel)
  • Consummation of the ages, crucifixion of Jesus, viewed as act of atonement
Consummation (album)

Consummation has been considered one of the best albums by the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. It was released in 1970 on Blue Note Records and re-released in 2002. It was recorded at A&R Studios in New York City. The album was nominated for a 1970 Grammy award in the "Best Jazz Performance - Large Group..." category. All tracks are also included on Mosaic's limited edition boxed set, The Complete Solid State Recordings of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

Usage examples of "consummation".

Still, when Napoleon finally fell from power, and when, on April 19, 1814, the Allies marched into Grenoble, Champollion wondered bitterly whether a government of laws would now actually replace Bonapartist tyranny and saw little hope of any such consummation.

If those who hold the common doctrine of a carnal resurrection should carry it out with philosophical consistency, by extending the scheme it involves to all existing planetary races as well as to their own, should they cause that process of imagination which produced this doctrine to go on to its legitimate completion, they would see in the final consummation the sundered earths approach each other, and firmaments conglobe, till at last the whole universe concentred in one orb.

Shortly he had raised her upon his hips, where she remained the minute or two required for mutual consummation.

It was almost the time that Mortlake had declared had been agreed upon for the consummation of the plot.

The sign of this consummation was his ability at last to play with his art, and thus to add to his already famous achievements in sentimental drama that lighthearted art of comedy of which the greatest masters, like Moliere and Mozart, are so much rarer than the tragedians and sentimentalists.

Mr Bloom was rather inclined to poohpooh the suggestion as egregious balderdash for, pending that consummation devoutly to be or not to be wished for, he was fully cognisant of the fact that their neighbours across the channel, unless they were much bigger fools than he took them for, rather concealed their strength than the opposite.

Had she stood before Sir Austin among rival damsels, that Scientific Humanist, for the consummation of his System, would have thrown her the handkerchief for his son.

Then he dared you and me to come out there and actually be his witnesses and guarantors in the consummation of the very act which he knew we had been trying to prevent.

Evidently his presence was necessary to the consummation of the plot, whatever it might be, and it occurred to her that it might be as well, on the principle of giving the schemers enough rope to hang themselves with, to let him come back and play his part.

It was fortunate for Stevens that the charities of William Hinkley were more active and indulgent than his own, since, without the timely succor and aid which he afforded, that devout young gentleman would have been made to discontinue his studies very suddenly and have furnished a summary conclusion to this veracious narrative--a consummation which, if it be as devoutly wished by the reader as by the writer, will be a much greater source of annoyance to our publisher than it has proved already.

In the new, superfine bliss, a peace superseding knowledge, there was no I and you, there was only the third, unrealised wonder, the wonder of existing not as oneself, but in a consummation of my being and of her being in a new one, a new, paradisal unit regained from the duality.

Allart had read at Nevarsin that there had been a time, soon after the establishment of marriage for inheritance and the catenas, when public consummation had been required, too.

I was enchanted to find her submissive to my caresses and my inquisitiveness, but she surprised me greatly when, as I placed myself in readiness for the consummation of the act, and was already in the proper posture between the two columns, she moved in such a way as to hinder my advance.

This consummation being arrived at, Blathers and Duff cleared the room, and held a long council together, compared with which, for secrecy and solemnity, a consultation of great doctors on the knottiest point in medicine, would be mere child's play.

The consummation of the experiment was, however, delayed until the summer of that year, when I finally had the satisfaction of seeing the rotation effected by alternating currents of different phase, and without sliding contacts or commutator, as I had conceived a year before.