sanctuary

[Sanc┬Ětu*a*ry]

The word sanctuary has religious roots, and can refer to a temple or church, but its use has broadened to include anywhere people go for peaceful tranquility or introspection. Your pickup truck might be your sanctuary if that's where you can clear your head.

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A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site.

Noun
area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

Noun
a shelter from danger or hardship

Noun
a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept


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A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site.

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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.

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The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed.

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A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship.

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A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection.


Sanctuary

Sanc"tu*a*ry , n.; pl. Sanctuaries . [OE. seintuare, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L. sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See Saint.] A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site. Hence, specifically: (a) 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. (b) (Arch.) The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed. (c) A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship. (d) A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection.
These laws, whoever made them, bestowed on temples the privelege of sanctuary.
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These admirable works of painting were made fuel for the fire; but some relics of it took sanctuary under ground, and escaped the common destiny.

A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site.

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Usage Examples

Do not let your ambitions become a sanctuary for your failures.

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Other Usage Examples

Criticism of government finds sanctuary in several portions of the 1st Amendment. It is part of the right of free speech. It embraces freedom of the press.

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