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Meaning of SANCTUARY

Pronunciation:  'sangkchoo`eree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
  2. [n]  a shelter from danger or hardship
  3. [n]  a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

SANCTUARY is a 9 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: asylum, bema, chancel, refuge
 See Also: area, choir, church, church building, holy of holies, place, property, safe house, safehold, sanctum sanctorum, shelter, Tabernacle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Sanc"tu*a*ry\, n.; pl. {Sanctuaries}. [OE.
seintuarie, OF. saintuaire, F. sanctuaire, fr. L.
sanctuarium, from sanctus sacred, holy. See {Saint}.]
A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable
site. Hence, specifically:
(a) The most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called
    the Holy of Holies, in which was kept the ark of the
    covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter
    except the high priest, and he only once a year, to
    intercede for the people; also, the most sacred part of
    the tabernacle; also, the temple at Jerusalem.
(b) (Arch.) The most sacred part of any religious building,
    esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar
    is placed.
(c) A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where
    divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other
    place of worship.
(d) A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and
    protection; shelter; refuge; protection.

          These laws, whoever made them, bestowed on temples
          the privilege of sanctuary.          --Milton.

          The admirable works of painting were made fuel for
          the fire; but some relics of it took sanctuary
          under ground, and escaped the common destiny.

Easton Bible Dictionary

denotes, (1) the Holy Land (Ex. 15:17; comp. Ps. 114:2); (2) the temple (1 Chr. 22:19; 2 Chr. 29:21); (3) the tabernacle (Ex. 25:8; Lev. 12:4; 21:12); (4) the holy place, the place of the Presence (Gr. hieron, the temple-house; not the _naos_, which is the temple area, with its courts and porches), Lev. 4:6; Eph. 2:21, R.V., marg.; (5) God's holy habitation in heaven (Ps. 102:19). In the final state there is properly "no sanctuary" (Rev. 21:22), for God and the Lamb "are the sanctuary" (R.V., "temple"). All is there hallowed by the Divine Presence; all is sancturary.