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.
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Thunder Bay estimates its 4,300-square-mile sanctuary contains about 200 shipwrecks, with about half discovered.
The assessment underscores the U.S. view that militants enjoy sanctuary in Pakistan.
Sam's funeral was held in our church, which has a really big sanctuary.
The Miami Beach Commission is trying to put the pressure on the Miami Seaquarium to release its orca whale, Lolita, to a seaside sanctuary in the Pacific Northwest.
Members of a predominantly Black church in Monroe, Louisiana were left searching for answers after a white teenager targeted the church's primary sanctuary in an arson attack.
Only those animals too ill or human-habituated remain at the sanctuary.
On immigration, the Democrats refuse to talk seriously about enforcement, are backing sanctuary cities to defy the law, and want amnesty for 11 million before beefed up borders.
Norm Meadows, who along with his wife, Barb, were charter members, recalls the small sanctuary being filled with up to 100 folks looking to hear the good message each Sunday.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of sanctuary
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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