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sanctuary

sanc·tu·ar·y

sanctuary

 
pronunciation:
saengk chu eI ri
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part of speech: noun
inflections: sanctuaries
definition 1: a holy or sacred place.
The service will take place in the church sanctuary.
synonyms:
shrine
definition 2: a place that offers protection from arrest.
They escaped to a sanctuary where they would be safe.
synonyms:
asylum, refuge
similar words:
cover
definition 3: the protection given by such a place.
The spy found sanctuary in another country.
synonyms:
asylum, refuge
definition 4: a piece of land that has been set aside as a shelter for wild animals.
synonyms:
preserve, refuge
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