cal·​va·​ry ˈkal-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce calvary (audio)
plural calvaries
: an open-air representation of the crucifixion of Jesus
: an experience of usually intense mental suffering

Examples of calvary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With a few decades’ distance Miller emphasized the personal calvary over the McCarthy analogy. Stacy Schiff, The New York Review of Books, 22 Dec. 2022 The days after news of the deaths have been a calvary for those left behind, Amarinder Singh said. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 11 Oct. 2022 So began a calvary of severe fatigue, brain fog, imbalance and other symptoms that are still with her eight months later. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2021 The Bridges lived only a few blocks from the school, but the morning trip there was a calvary for Ruby and her mother. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2020

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Word History


Calvary, the hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of calvary was in 1815

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Cite this Entry

“Calvary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Cal·​va·​ry ˈkal-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce Calvary (audio)
variants or Hebrew Golgotha
ˈgäl-gə-thə How to pronounce Calvary (audio)
place outside ancient Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

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