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Synonyms for sanctuary
ˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanctuary(noun)

    a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

    bema, chancel, asylum, refuge

  2. refuge, sanctuary, asylum(noun)

    a shelter from danger or hardship

    insane asylum, chancel, resort, mental institution, asylum, mental hospital, bema, institution, recourse, refuge, psychiatric hospital, mental home, safety

  3. chancel, sanctuary, bema(noun)

    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

    bema, chancel, asylum, refuge


  1. sanctuary(noun)

    haven, zoar, presbytery, refuge

  2. sanctuary(noun)

    A place of safety, refuge or protection.

    My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.

    presbytery, haven, zoar, refuge

  3. sanctuary(noun)

    An area set aside for protection.

    The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.

    haven, presbytery, zoar, refuge

  4. sanctuary(noun)

    A state of being protected, asylum.

    The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.

    zoar, refuge, haven, presbytery

  5. sanctuary(noun)

    The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.

    refuge, haven, presbytery, zoar

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. sanctuary

    shrine, adytum, asyurn, refuge, security, protection, inviolability

    pitfall, trap, snare, betrayal, violation, extradition

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sanctuary(n.)

    sacred or holy place, consecrated spot, holy ground, SANCTUM SANCTORUM, holy of holies

  2. sanctuary(n.)

    temple, church, place of worship, consecrated building

  3. sanctuary(n.)

    asylum, refuge, shelter

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sanctuary(n)

    shrine, sanctum, adytum, holy of holies, church, temple

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    refuge, shrine, haven, shelter, sanctum, sanctuaries, refugium, refugia, asylum, al-haram, jubail, shelters

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How to use sanctuary in a sentence?

  1. Phil Scott:

    This bill has been carefully crafted … to confirm Vermont remains compliant with federal law, that we would not be established as a sanctuary state, and to address the needs and recommendations of our law enforcement partners.

  2. Ed Lee:

    There was nothing in [the sanctuary city policy] that prevented our Sheriff from picking up the phone, do I need to educate somebody about how to pick up a phone?

  3. Marco Rubio:

    When I'm president, sanctuary cities are going to lose their federal funding.

  4. Don Blankenship:

    The wall is very important, ending the sanctuary cities is important, drug testing public officials – particularly teachers and judges and prosecutors, is important, and basically getting after the doctors and keeping better measurement of who is prescribing the drugs and who is distributing them.

  5. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    One of the things we can and should be doing right now is cracking down on the sanctuary cities, it makes no sense for these mayors, these local politicians, to be able to ignore the law (and) choose which ones they want to enforce.

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