Definitions of sanctuary

  1. a shelter from danger or hardship Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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
  6. The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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
  8. A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A sacred place; place of worship; inviolable asylum. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A holy or sacred place. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A place of refuge; asylum; immunity. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. denotes, (1) the Holy Land ( Exodus 15:17 ; Compare Psalms 114:2 ); (2) the temple ( 1 Chronicles 22:19 ; 2 Chr 29:21 ); (3) the tabernacle ( Exodus 25:8 ; Leviticus 12:4 ; 21:12 ); (4) the holy place, the place of the Presence (Gr. hieron, the temple-house; not the naos , which is the temple area, with its courts and porches), Leviticus 4:6 ; Ephesians 2:21 , RSV, marg.; (5) God's holy habitation in heaven ( Psalms 102:19 ). In the final state there is properly "no sanctuary" ( Revelation 21:22 ), for God and the Lamb "are the sanctuary" (RSV, "temple"). All is there hallowed by the Divine Presence; all is sancturary. biblestudytools.com
  17. Place recognized as holy, church, temple, tabernacle, holy place, holy of holies, sacrarium, penetralia, in most recess, (lit. & fig.); sacred place by retiring to which fugitive from law or debtor was secured by medieval Church law against arrest or violence, place in which similar immunity was established by custom or law, asylum or place of refuge (London, the s. of political refugees); (right of affording) such immunity (violate or break s., arrest or use violence to person in a s.; take, seek, &c., s., resort to a s.; rights &c. of s.); (Hunt. &c.) close time or place for beast, bird, or fish. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. n. [Latin] A sacred place; holy ground;—the most sacred part of the Jewish tabernacle and temple; holy of holes;—in Roman Catholic churches, the site of the high altar;—a house consecrated to the worship of God; a church;- a sacred asylum; place of protection for fugitives from justice;- hence, protection; shelter. Cabinet Dictionary

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