Sanctuary meaning

săngkcho͝o-ĕrē
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The definition of a sanctuary is a place of refuge or rest, a place where you can feel at peace or the holiest part of a temple or a church.

An example of a sanctuary is a church or temple.

An example of a sanctuary is your home.

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A state of being protected, asylum.

The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.

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A holy place, as a building set aside for worship of the divinity or of one or more deities.
  • The ancient Temple at Jerusalem.
  • A Christian church.
  • Any church or temple.
  • A particularly holy place within a church or temple, as the part around the altar, the holy of holies in the Jewish Temple, etc.
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A place of safety, refuge, or protection.

My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.

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The consecrated (sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.
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A wildlife reservation where animals or birds are sheltered for breeding purposes and may not be hunted or trapped.
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An area set aside for protection.

The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.

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Origin of sanctuary

  • Middle English from Old French sainctuarie from Late Latin sānctuārium from Latin sānctus sacred sanctify

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English sanctuary , from Old French saintuaire, from Late Latin sanctuarium (“a sacred place, a shrine, a private cabinet, in Medieval Latin also temple, church, churdyard, cemetery, right of asylum"), from Latin sanctus (“holy, sacred"); see saint.

    From Wiktionary