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Synonyms for sanctuary
ˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr isanc·tu·a·ry

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  1. sanctuarynoun

    zoar, presbytery, refuge, haven

  2. sanctuarynoun

    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. sanctuarynoun

    An area set aside for protection.

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

    presbytery, refuge, zoar, haven

  4. sanctuarynoun

    A state of being protected, asylum.

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

    zoar, refuge, haven, presbytery

  5. sanctuarynoun

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sanctuarynoun

    a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

    bema, chancel, asylum, refuge

  2. refuge, sanctuary, asylumnoun

    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, bemanoun

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

    bema, chancel, asylum, refuge

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. sanctuarynoun

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

  2. sanctuarynoun

    temple, church, place of worship, consecrated building

  3. sanctuarynoun

    asylum, refuge, shelter

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. sanctuarynoun

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

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  1. Deray McKesson:

    We spoke very generally about church, nothing about politics. I commented on the presence of police in the sanctuary, he commented on this event bringing people together.

  2. Taryn Fenske:

    The immigrants were homeless, hungry, and abandoned – and these activists didn’t care about them then. Florida’s program gave them a fresh start in a sanctuary state and these individuals opted to take advantage of chartered flights to Massachusetts, it was disappointing that Martha’s Vineyard called in the Massachusetts National Guard to bus them away from the island within 48 hours.


    listen! trench town was a healing sanctuary for many a wandering souls in kingston jamaica. I am here now to make sure that this crucial part of our history/my history will be permanently enshrined with us legends and be so protected. No one else can do it.

  4. Michael Arad:

    The inspiration for this memorial draws on Mother Emanuel AME Church as a historic place and as a congregation, throughout its 200-year history, it has endured slavery, discrimination and racism. When worship and assembly were banned, the church resisted and provided a place of fellowship and sanctuary. The Emanuel Nine tragedy marks another dark moment for the church, though faith helped to heal and bring light into the darkness.

  5. Lyn Watson:

    He is going to be a very valuable little thing, depending on his eventual development, and the way he continues to get along with everybody else in the sanctuary.

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