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sanctuary

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of sanctuary

  1. 1 a place that is considered sacred (as within a religion) <by law, anyone who sought refuge in a religious sanctuary was safe from arrest by the civil authorities> Synonyms shrine, sanctumRelated Words reliquary; martyry

  2. 2 something (as a building) that offers cover from the weather or protection from danger <the marshland has been set aside as a sanctuary for shorebirds along that section of the coast> Synonyms asylum, bolt-hole [chiefly British], harbor, harborage, haven, refuge, retreat, shelter, sanctumRelated Words oasis; anchorage, mooring, port; cover, screen; abode, diggings, domicile, dwelling, habitation, house, housing, lodging, lodgment (or lodgement), pad, place, quarters, residence, rest, roof; cloister, closet, covert, den, hermitage, hideaway, hideout, lair; castle, fastness, fort, fortress, palisade, redoubt, stronghold; lean-to, lee, shed, windbreak





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