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Definitions of sanctuary

  1. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called the Holy of Holies, in which was kept the ark of the covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter except the high priest, and he only once a year, to intercede for the people; also, the most sacred part of the tabernacle; also, the temple at Jerusalem. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A consecrated place; church or temple; a place of shelter or refuge. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. A sacred place: a place for the worship of God: the most sacred part of the Temple of Jerusalem: the Temple itself: the part of a church round the altar: an inviolable asylum: refuge. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A holy or sacred place. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A place of refuge; asylum; immunity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. A sacred place; a house consecrated to the worship of God; the Jewish temple; its most holy place; that part of a church where the altar is situated; a place of protection; a sacred asylum; shelter. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. A holy place; a place consecrated for the worship of the Deity; in a R. Cath. Ch., the part around the altar enclosed by a balustrade; a sacred asylum beyond the reach of the civil power; shelter; protection. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for sanctuary

  1. Out of this a square of five hundred cubits shall be for the sanctuary with an open space fifty cubits wide around it. – The Makers and Teachers of Judaism by Charles Foster Kent
  2. The Levites also naturally attached themselves to the kingdom which contained the great national sanctuary and to the royal family whose chapel it was. – Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations by Archibald Sayce
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