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Definition 1: area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sanctuary in the sense of this definition

(sanctuary is a kind of ...) a part of a structure having some specific characteristic or function

"the spacious cooking area provided plenty of room for servants"

(sanctuary is a part of ...) the area occupied by singers; the part of the chancel between sanctuary and nave

(... is part of sanctuary) a place for public (especially Christian) worship

"the church was empty"

Definition 2: a shelter from danger or hardship - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for sanctuary in the sense of this definition

(sanctuary is a kind of ...) a structure that provides privacy and protection from danger

(... is a kind of sanctuary ) a place of refuge and comfort and security

(... is a kind of sanctuary ) a refuge from attack

(... is a kind of sanctuary ) a house used as a hiding place or refuge by members of certain organizations

Definition 3: a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept - [noun denoting artifact]

(sanctuary is a kind of ...) any area set aside for a particular purpose

"who owns this place?" "the president was concerned about the property across from the White House"

(... is a kind of sanctuary ) (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept

(... is a kind of sanctuary ) (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus

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