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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shrineverb

    a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person

  2. enshrine, shrineverb

    enclose in a shrine

    "the saint's bones were enshrined in the cathedral"


  1. Shrinenoun

    Short for Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a secret fraternal organization professedly originated by one Kalif Alu, a son-in-law of Mohammed, at Mecca, in the year of the Hegira 25 (about 646 a. d.) In the modern order, established in the United States in 1872, only Knights Templars or thirty-second degree Masons are eligible for admission, though the order itself is not Masonic. A member of the order is popularly called a Shriner, and the order itself is sometimes called the Shriners.


  1. shrinenoun

    A holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which said figure is venerated or worshipped.

  2. shrineverb

    To enshrine; to place reverently, as if in a shrine.

    Shrined in his sanctuary. uE000116766uE001 Milton.

  3. Etymology: shryne, from scrīn “reliquary, ark of the covenant”, from scrinium “case or chest for books or papers”. Of unknown origin. Compare Old Norse skrin, Old High German skrini

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shrinenoun

    A case in which something sacred is reposited.

    Etymology: scin , Saxon; scrinium, Latin.

    You living powers enclos’d in stately shrine
    Of growing trees; you rural gods that wield
    Your scepters here, if to your cares divine
    A voice may come, which troubled soul doth yield. Philip Sidney.

    All the world come
    To kiss this shrine, this mortal breathing saint. William Shakespeare.

    Come offer at my shrine and I will help thee. William Shakespeare.

    They often plac’d
    Within his sanctu’ry itself their shrines,
    Abominations! and with cursed things
    His holy rites profan’d. John Milton.

    Falling on his knees before her shrine,
    He thus implor’d her pow’r. Dryden.

    Lovers are in rapture at the name of their fair idol; they lavish out all their incense upon that shrine, and cannot bear the thought of admitting a blemish therein. Isaac Watts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shrinenoun

    a case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint

  2. Shrinenoun

    any sacred place, as an altar, tromb, or the like

  3. Shrinenoun

    a place or object hallowed from its history or associations; as, a shrine of art

  4. Shrineverb

    to enshrine; to place reverently, as in a shrine

  5. Etymology: [OE. schrin, AS. scrn, from L. scrinium a case, chest, box.]


  1. Shrine

    A shrine is a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated or worshipped. Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated. A shrine at which votive offerings are made is called an altar. Shrines are found in many of the world's religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Wicca, Chinese folk religion and Shinto, as well as in secular and non-religious settings such as a war memorial. Shrines can be found in various settings, such as churches, temples, cemeteries, or in the home, although portable shrines are also found in some cultures. A shrine may become a focus of a cult image.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shrine

    shrīn, n. a case or reliquary for relics: a sacred place: an altar: anything hallowed by its associations.—v.t. to enshrine.—adj. Shrī′nal. [A.S. scrín—L. scriniumscribĕre, to write.]

Anagrams for shrine »

  1. shiner

  2. renish

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrine in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shrine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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    Mourners chant slogans against the U.S. during the funeral of Qassem Soleimani, and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, in the shrine of Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq, Baghdad Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. ( AP) In addition to threatening the U.S. with a possible attack, Abuhamzehs remarks that the targets had been previously identified by Iran seemed to confirm the State Departments statement regarding the motivation behind the airstrike. His comments come after it U.S. defense officials told Fox News that more than 3,000 troops from the 82nd Airborne Divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team would be deployed to Kuwait. Irans top shadow commander, as Qassem Soleimani was known, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more. According to State Departments, the airstrike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. Mourners step over a U.S. flags with pictures of President Trump while waiting for the funeral of Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, in Baghdad, Iraq, Baghdad Saturday( AP) SOLEIMANI FUNERAL PROCESSION IN BAGHDAD DRAWS THOUSANDS OF MOURNERS CHANTING AMERICA IS Qassem Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region, the United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world. Mourners gathering in the streets of Baghdad Saturday for Qassem Soleimani funeral procession. Dressed in black military fatigues, the mostly male-dominated group carried Iraqi flags and the flags of Iran-backed militias that are fiercely loyal to Qassem Soleimani. In this image made from a video, mourners gather for a funeral procession for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020. ( PMF Media Office via AP) They were heard chanting.

  2. Kamil Abbas:

    Expanding the shrine will deprive thousands of Samarra residents of the right to use their properties.

  3. Father Fadi Imad:

    This place has always been a shrine...we don't even know when it started. Even when there was no development...people still came.

  4. Brett Favre:

    I hurt my hip in the East-West Shrine( college All-Star) game and was diagnosed with avascular necrosis of the hip, sort of like what Bo Jackson had, when blood supply is cut off to a joint.

  5. Yasuo Fukuda:

    I think one should not do something provocative toward international opinion at this juncture, and I think that Prime Minister Abe is thinking quite cautiously about whether to go to Yasukuni Shrine.

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    evincing the presence of a deity
    • A. numinous
    • B. jejune
    • C. sesquipedalian
    • D. bibulous

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