cal·​va·​ry | \ ˈkal-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce calvary (audio) \
plural calvaries

Definition of calvary

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

Examples of calvary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of calvary

1738, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calvary

Calvary, the hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

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“Calvary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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Calvary 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) , gäl-​ˈgä-​thə \

Definition of Calvary

place outside ancient Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

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