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Definition of the noun sanctuary

What does sanctuary mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sanctuaries

  1. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: place / property = any area set aside for a particular purpose
    • more specific terms:
      • sanctum sanctorum / holy of holies = sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
      • Tabernacle = a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
  2. a shelter from danger or hardship
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of sanctuary: asylum / refuge
    • more generic word: shelter = a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger
    • more specific terms:
      • harbour / harbor = a place of refuge and comfort and security
      • safehold = a refuge from attack
      • safe house = a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations
  3. area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of sanctuary: bema / chancel
    • more generic word: area = a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function
    • part of: church / church building = a place for public (especially Christian) worship
    • part: choir = the area occupied by singers

Alternative definition of the noun sanctuary


  1. A place of safety, refuge, or protection.
  2. An area set aside for protection.
  3. A state of being protected, asylum.
  4. The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.

Phrases with Sanctuary

  1. bird sanctuary
  2. Wildlife Sanctuary

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Sanctuary

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Google previewLevitical Sacrifice and Heavenly Cult in Hebrews (2016)

by Benjamin J. Ribbens

The heavenly sanctuary is a created reality (śīInčev Ó Köplog; 8:2) with spatial and temporal existence.

The heavenly sanctuary is the perfect (téAetog) or ideal (&Nnbuyóg) sanctuary (8:2; 9:11, 24), and the earthly sanctuary is a copy ...

Google previewExploring the Heavenly Sanctuary (2012)

Understanding Seventh-Day Adventist Theology by Marc Rasell

The heavenly sanctuary is a fascinating study because it ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Religion and Nature (2008)

by Bron Taylor

Circle Sanc- tuary ministers serve as consultants on Pagan religious accommodation to chaplains and administrative staff in hospitals, corrections, the US military, and educational institutions, and Circle Sanctuary is the first Wiccan church to ...

Google previewThe Medical Missionary (1906)

by John Harvey Kellogg

The sanctuary is the center of the operations of divine grace in behalf of mankind. Specifically the term indicates a holy place. The word "sanctuary" belongs to a large class of words in our language coming from the Latin word sane t us, ...

Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Psychic Awareness (2004)

by Lynn A. Robinson, LaVonne Carlson-Finnerty, Katherine A. Gleason

Your sanctuary is a place in your mind that you can return to at any time to receive intuition information for yourself and others. 6. Explore your environment. Allow your awareness to encompass the colors, textures, shapes, and spaces of your ...

Google previewThoughts, Critical and Practical, on the Books of Daniel and the Revelation ... (1884)

by Uriah Smith

Do you see that the cleansing of the sanctuary is a brief and special work...

The heavenly sanctuary is the one in which the decision of all cases is to be rendered. The Progress of the work there is what ...

Google previewThe Orthodox Liturgy (1990)

The Development of the Eucharistic Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite by Hugh Wybrew

The nave is potentially the sanctuary, the sanctuary is the nave in action. The church made by hands reveals that not made by hands, the created universe, which is a kind of church. The church is also an image of the visible, tangible world: for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Trauma (2012)

An Interdisciplinary Guide by Charles R. Figley

The Sanctuary Model is an evidencesupported, theorybased, traumainformed, whole organizational approach for human service delivery systems. This model provides a clear and structured methodology for creating traumainformed systems ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Comparative Iconography (2013)

Themes Depicted in Works of Art by Helene E. Roberts

Sanctuary HARAM (ISLAM), Sanctuary HINA-NUI-TE-PO (POLYNESIAN), Laughter HINDUISM, Ascent/ Descent, Dance/Dancers/Dancing, Ecstasy, Sanctuary, Temptation, Widowhood, Zodiac ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Religious Phenomena (2007)

by J Gordon Melton

The sanctuary was endowed with supernatural protections. The chief saw to the building of a temple and an adjacent residence. Priests in residence carried out the spe- cific duties assigned the sacred site. The royalty and priests together ...

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Quotes about Sanctuary

Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary. (Peter Minard)
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Scrabble value of S1A1N1C3T1U1A1R1Y4

The value of this 9-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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