sanctuary
noun (plural -aries) Etymology: Middle English seintuarie, sanctuarie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin sanctuarium, from Latin sanctus Date: 14th century 1. a consecrated place: as a. the ancient Hebrew temple at Jerusalem or its holy of holies b. (1) the most sacred part of a religious building (as the part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed) (2) the room in which general worship services are held (3) a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2. a. (1) a place of refuge and protection (2) a refuge for wildlife where predators are controlled and hunting is illegal b. the immunity from law attached to a sanctuary

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