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sanctuary

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noun sanc·tu·ary \ˈsaŋ(k)-chə-ˌwer-ē\

Simple Definition of sanctuary

  • : a place where someone or something is protected or given shelter

  • : the protection that is provided by a safe place

  • : the room inside a church, synagogue, etc., where religious services are held

Full Definition of sanctuary

plural sanc·tu·ar·ies

  1. 1 :  a consecrated place: asa :  the ancient Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holiesb (1) :  the most sacred part of a religious building (as the part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed) (2) :  the room in which general worship services are held (3) :  a place (as a church or a temple) for worship

  2. 2a (1) :  a place of refuge and protection (2) :  a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegalb :  the immunity from law attached to a sanctuary

Examples of sanctuary

  1. The house was a sanctuary for runaway teens.

  2. The refugees found sanctuary when they crossed the border.

  3. The sanctuary contains the altar of sacrifice.



Origin of sanctuary

Middle English seintuarie, sanctuarie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sanctuarium, from Latin sanctus


First Known Use: 14th century

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SANCTUARY Defined for Kids

sanctuary

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noun sanc·tu·ary \ˈsaŋk-chə-ˌwer-ē\

Definition of sanctuary

plural sanc·tu·ar·ies

  1. 1 :  a holy or sacred place

  2. 2 :  a building or room for religious worship

  3. 3 :  a place that provides safety or protection <a wildlife sanctuary>

  4. 4 :  the protection from danger or a difficult situation that is provided by a safe place



Word Root of sanctuary

The Latin word sacer, meaning “holy,” and the related word sānctus, also meaning “holy,” give us the roots sacr and sanct. Words from the Latin sacer or sānctus have something to do with holiness. A sanctuary is a holy place. Anything sacred is holy. To sacrifice is to dedicate as a holy offering to a god.



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