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Meaning of CALVARY

Pronunciation:  'kalvuree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any experience that causes intense suffering
  2. [n]  a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

CALVARY is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: Golgotha, martyrdom
 See Also: affliction, capital of Israel, hill, Jerusalem



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cal"va*ry\ (k[a^]l"v[.a]*r[y^]), n. [L. calvaria a bare
skull, fr. calva the scalp without hair. fr. calvus bald; cf.
F. calvaire.]
1. The place where Christ was crucified, on a small hill
   outside of Jerusalem. --Luke xxiii. 33.

Note: The Latin calvaria is a translation of the Greek
      krani`on of the Evangelists, which is an interpretation
      of the Hebrew Golgotha. --Dr. W. Smith.

2. A representation of the crucifixion, consisting of three
   crosses with the figures of Christ and the thieves, often
   as large as life, and sometimes surrounded by figures of
   other personages who were present at the crucifixion.

3. (Her.) A cross, set upon three steps; -- more properly
   called {cross calvary}.

Easton Bible Dictionary

only in Luke 23:33, the Latin name Calvaria, which was used as a translation of the Greek word _Kranion_, by which the Hebrew word _Gulgoleth_ was interpreted, "the place of a skull." It probably took this name from its shape, being a hillock or low, rounded, bare elevation somewhat in the form of a human skull. It is nowhere in Scripture called a "hill." The crucifixion of our Lord took place outside the city walls (Heb. 13:11-13) and near the public thoroughfare. "This thing was not done in a corner." (See GOLGOTHA.)