[syn: chancel, sanctuary, bema]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Sanctuary \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
(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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
2: a shelter from danger or hardship [syn: refuge,
3: area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir;
often enclosed by a lattice or railing [syn: chancel,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
80 Moby Thesaurus words for "sanctuary":
Indian reservation, adytum, archives, asylum, bank, bird sanctuary,
bolt-hole, cache, chapel, church, concealment, corner, cover,
covert, coverture, cranny, cubby, cubbyhole, dark corner, den,
dugout, forest preserve, foxhole, funk hole, game preserve,
game reserve, game sanctuary, harbor, harbor of refuge, harborage,
haven, hideaway, hideout, hidey hole, hiding, hiding place, hole,
holy of holies, holy place, house of God, house of worship, lair,
library, mosque, museum, national forest, national park, niche,
nook, oasis, pagoda, paradise, park, port, preserve, protection,
recess, refuge, reservation, reserve, retreat, sacrarium,
safe haven, safehold, safety, sanctum, sanctum sanctorum,
secret place, shelter, shrine, snug harbor, stash, state forest,
store, stronghold, synagogue, temple, undercovert,
wilderness preserve, wildlife preserve
Easton's 1897 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
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
SANCTUARY. A place of refuge, where the process of the law cannot be
2. Sanctuaries may be divided into religious and civil. The former were
very common in Europe; religious houses affording protection from arrest to
all persons, whether accused of crime, or pursued for debt. This kind was
never known in the United States.
3. Civil sanctuary, or that protection which is afforded to a man by
his own house, was always respected in this country. The house protects the
owner from the service of all civil process in the first instance but not if
he is once lawfully arrested and takes refuge in his own house. Vide Door;
4. No place affords protection from arrest in criminal cases; a man
may, therefore, be arrested in his own house in such cases, and the doors
may be broken for the purpose of making the arrest. Vide Arrest in criminal
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Sanctuary, TX -- U.S. town in Texas
Population (2000): 256
Housing Units (2000): 111
Land area (2000): 0.263664 sq. miles (0.682887 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.263664 sq. miles (0.682887 sq. km)
FIPS code: 65066
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 32.908822 N, 97.584209 W
ZIP Codes (1990):
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.