What does altar mean?

Definitions for altar
ˈɔl təral·tar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. altar, communion table, Lord's tablenoun

    the table in Christian churches where communion is given

  2. altarnoun

    a raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made

Wiktionary

  1. altarnoun

    A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.

  2. Etymology: From altare, probably related to adolere; thus "burning place", influenced by a false connection with altus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Altarnoun

    Etymology: altare, Lat. It is observed by Franciscus Junius, that the word altar is received, with christianity, in all the European languages; and that altare is used by one of the Fathers, as appropriated to the Christian worship, in opposition to the aræ of gentilism.

    The goddess of the nuptial bed,
    Tir’d with her vain devotions for the dead,
    Resolv’d the tainted hand should be repell’d,
    Which incense offer’d, and her altar held. John Dryden, Fab.

    Her grace rose, and, with modest paces,
    Came to the altar, where she kneel’d, and, saintlike,
    Cast her fair eyes to heav’n, and pray’d devoutly. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

Wikipedia

  1. Altar

    An altar is a table or platform for the presentation of religious offerings, for sacrifices, or for other ritualistic purposes. Altars are found at shrines, temples, churches, and other places of worship. They are used particularly in paganism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, modern paganism, and in certain Islamic communities around Caucasia and Asia Minor. Many historical-medieval faiths also made use of them, including the Roman, Greek, and Norse religions.

ChatGPT

  1. altar

    An altar is a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, especially for making sacrifices or offerings to a deity. It can also refer to a structure or place where religious ceremonies are performed, usually found in churches, temples, shrines or other places of worship.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Altarnoun

    a raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity

  2. Altarnoun

    in the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the communion table

  3. Etymology: [OE. alter, auter, autier, fr. L. altare, pl. altaria, altar, prob. fr. altus high: cf. OF. alter, autier, F. autel. Cf. Altitude.]

Wikidata

  1. Altar

    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

  1. Altar

    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. altārealtus, high.]

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. altar

    A platform in the upper part of a dock.

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Mythology

  1. Altar

    A structure on which a sacrifice was offered. The earliest altars were merely heaps of earth or turf or rough unhewn stone; but as the mode of sacrificing became more ceremonious grander altars were built. Some were of marble and brass, ornamented with carvings and bas-reliefs, and the corners with models of the heads of animals. They varied in height from two feet to twenty, and some were built solid; others were made hollow to retain the blood of the victims. Some were provided with a kind of dish, into which frankincense was thrown to overpower the smell of burning fat. This probably was the origin of the custom of burning incense at the altar.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of altar in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of altar in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of altar in a Sentence

  1. Civil War-era:

    We can not sacrifice progress on the altar of purity.

  2. Thomas Jefferson:

    I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

  3. Benjamin W. Decker:

    Set yourself up for success by preparing a sacred space to set the tone for your practice, and it's helpful to establish some level of consistency. For some, that means taking time during their commute to meditate and journal. For others, that means sitting on the back porch early in the morning or meditating for a few minutes on the couch. Still others will have a sacred corner with an altar, including an image of Christ, a few candles, and a place to store your journal.

  4. Constantin Stanislavski:

    A true priest is aware of the presence of the altar during every moment that he is conducting a service. It is exactly the same way that a true artist should react to the stage all the time he is in the theater. An actor who is incapable of this feeling will never be a true artist.

  5. Nicolle Wallace:

    Glenn Youngkin worshipped at the altar of Donald Trump … Glenn Youngkin did not really put much distance between Glenn Youngkin and Donald Trump on the big lie or the deadly insurrection, so, I think that the real ominous thing, is that critical race theory, which is n’t real, turned the suburbs 15 points to the Trump-insurrection-endorsed Republican.

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