Examples of sanctuary in a Sentence
The house was a sanctuary for runaway teens.
The refugees found sanctuary when they crossed the border.
The sanctuary contains the altar of sacrifice.
Recent Examples of sanctuary from the Web
In Mansfield, Mary Noonan has a nature sanctuary with goats, llama, and mini horse.
As humanity’s car habit shifts from owning and driving to sharing and riding, the vehicle will evolve from sanctuary to marketplace.
Many of us use Instagram as a private digital sanctuary to show off our beliefs.
Organizers probably won’t have to worry too much about having enough space since the church’s sanctuary seats 1,000 people.
Texas may never grow into a sanctuary for five-star recruits like Duke and Kentucky, but all that alumni success sends an enticing message to the nation’s top prospects.
The place was dark, with only the red sanctuary light blinking next to the altar.
Now, the backyard acts as a place of sanctuary and fun for the families and their guests—complete with barbecue, picnic table, and fire pit—not just enterprising monarchs.
The most disputed sanctuary law is known as the California Values Act, passed by the Legislature as SB 54.
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Historically, churches have been places where fugitives could seek at least temporary protection from the law. In Anglo-Saxon England, churches and churchyards generally provided 40 days of immunity, and neither the sheriffs nor the army would enter to seize the outlaw. But gradually the right of sanctuary was eroded. In 1486 sanctuary for the crime of treason was disallowed, and sanctuary for most other crimes was severely restricted by Henry VIII and later abolished. In the 1980s many U.S. churches provided sanctuary to political refugees from Central America, and the U.S. government mostly chose not to interfere. Today, wildlife sanctuaries provide protection for the species within its boundaries, and farm-animal sanctuaries now rescue livestock from abuse and starvation.
Definition of sanctuary
- a sanctuary jurisdiction
- sanctuary policies
- … the executive order … designed to crack down on so-called "sanctuary cities," municipalities that do not comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement … requests for assistance with identifying and deporting undocumented immigrants.
- —Euan McKirdy
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Definition of sanctuary for Students
- a wildlife sanctuary
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