Definition of altar
- sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement
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First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
: a raised place on which sacrifices and gifts are offered in some religions
: a platform or table used as a center of worship in Christian ceremonies and services
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investment of mental or emotional energy
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