calvary

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noun cal·va·ry \ ˈkal-v(ə-)rē \

Definition of calvary

plural calvaries
1 :an open-air representation of the crucifixion of Jesus
2 :an experience of usually intense mental suffering

Origin and Etymology of calvary

Calvary, the hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

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Calvary

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geographical name Cal·va·ry \ ˈkal-v(ə-)rē \
variants: or Hebrew Golgotha play \ˈgäl-gə-thə, gäl-ˈgä-thə\

Definition of Calvary

place outside ancient Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

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