altar, communion table, Lord's table(noun)
the table in Christian churches where communion is given
a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.
Origin: From altare, probably related to adolere; thus "burning place", influenced by a false connection with altus.
a raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity
in the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the communion table
Origin: [OE. alter, auter, autier, fr. L. altare, pl. altaria, altar, prob. fr. altus high: cf. OF. alter, autier, F. autel. Cf. Altitude.]
An altar is any structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars are usually found at shrines, and they can be located in temples, churches and other places of worship. Today they are used particularly in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, as well as in Neopaganism and Ceremonial Magic. Judaism did so until the destruction of the Second Temple. Many historical faiths also made use of them, including Greek and Norse religion.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
awlt′ar, n. an elevated place or structure, block or stone, or the like, on which sacrifices were anciently offered: in Christian churches, the table on which the officiating priest consecrates the eucharist: the communion table: (fig.) a place of worship.—ns. Alt′arage, offerings made upon the altar during the offertory, provided for the maintenance of the priest; Alt′ar-cloth, the covering of the altar, placed over and around it, of silk, velvet, satin, or cloth, often used as including the frontal (antependium), and the super-frontal; Alt′arpiece, a decorative screen, retable, or reredos, placed behind an altar—a work of art, whether a sacred painting or sculpture.—n.pl. Alt′ar-rails, rails separating the sacrarium from the rest of the chancel.—ns. Alt′ar-stone, the slab forming the top or chief part of an altar; Alt′ar-tomb, a monumental memorial, in form like an altar, often with a canopy. These were often placed over the vaults or burying-place, and frequently on the north and south walls of choirs, aisles, and chantry chapels.—adj. Alt′arwise, placed like an altar—north and south, at the upper end of the chancel.—Family altar, the practice or the place of private devotional worship in the family; High altar, the principal altar in a cathedral or other church having more than one altar; Portable altar, a small tablet of marble, jasper, or precious stone, used by special license for Mass when said away from the parish altar, in oratories or other similar places. It was termed super-altare, because commonly placed upon some other altar, or some fitting construction of wood or stone. [L. altāre—altus, high.]
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The numerical value of altar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of altar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of altar in a Sentence
Wherever an altar is found, there civilization exists.
I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.
I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
Talk of making a sacrifice is all fine and well until it is your time to be brought to the altar as an offering.
Those livelihoods, those communities are being sacrificed not at the altar of science, but at the altar of ideology.
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- هيكل, مذبحArabic
- altarCatalan, Valencian
- محراب, مذبحPersian
- altairScottish Gaelic
- 제단, 祭壇Korean
- altare, araLatin
- AltorLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- āta, tūāhuMāori
- олтар, жртвеникMacedonian
- alter, altarNorwegian
- алтарь, жертвенникRussian
- жртвеник, žrtvenik, oltar, олтарSerbo-Croatian
- mihrap, sunakTurkish
- bàn thờVietnamese
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