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noun, plural sanctuaries.
a sacred or holy place.

the Biblical tabernacle or the Temple in Jerusalem.
the holy of holies of these places of worship.

an especially holy place in a temple or church.
the part of a church around the altar; the chancel.
a church or other sacred place where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest.
immunity afforded by refuge in such a place.
any place of refuge; asylum.
a tract of land where birds and wildlife, especially those hunted for sport, can breed and take refuge in safety from hunters.
noun (pl) -aries
a holy place
a consecrated building or shrine
(Old Testament)

the Israelite temple at Jerusalem, esp the holy of holies
the tabernacle in which the Ark was enshrined during the wanderings of the Israelites

the chancel, or that part of a sacred building surrounding the main altar

a sacred building where fugitives were formerly entitled to immunity from arrest or execution
the immunity so afforded

a place of refuge; asylum
a place, protected by law, where animals, esp birds, can live and breed without interference

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.


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