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Sanctuary in a Sentence

Examples of sanctuary in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of sanctuary, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

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EXAMPLES - Sanctuary in a Sentence

  1. Re: [sjcordova] Which butterfly sanctuary is the best (source)
  2. Re: [tonyburton] Which butterfly sanctuary is the best (source)
  3. Eventually it became known as the sanctuary of the Muses. (source)
  4. The word 'simplify,' the word 'sanctuary,' the word 'relax.' (source)
  5. And they have a beautiful practice called the sanctuary in time. (source)
  6. FEYERICK (on camera): Newark is what is known as a sanctuary city. (source)
  7. (A view of the beginning of the restorations of the main sanctuary) (source)
  8. That effectively ends any attempts to create so-called sanctuary cities. (source)
  9. San Francisco has been has long been a so-called sanctuary city for illegal aliens. (source)
  10. MexConnect. com Forums: General: Traveling Mexico: Which butterfly sanctuary is the best (source)
  11. The churches 'actions were in defiance of federal policy and were known as the sanctuary movement. (source)
  12. Now apparently public pressure has convinced city officials to change that so-called sanctuary policy. (source)
  13. Hanging at the entrance to the sanctuary is a poster of Barack and Michelle Obama with the words "A New Era." (source)
  14. RUMSFELD: Maybe the word sanctuary was not a perfect word, because I don't think of it as a permanent sanctuary. (source)
  15. During the Korean war, the Manchurian bases, the so-called sanctuary, were indeed wide open to attack from the air. (source)
  16. For example, a young couple is said to have lived in the church around the plague time, seeking sanctuary from the law. (source)
  17. Similarly, another was found in the heightening of the sanctuary from the level of the nave, and further, the altar itself. (source)
  18. LONG: Why is it that you're focusing on as you call the sanctuary south of Baghdad and as you are traveling south along the Tigris? (source)
  19. PILGRIM: One of the biggest so-called sanctuary cities is finally preparing to enforce this nation's laws against illegal immigration. (source)
  20. "Here you will be quite to yourselves," said Lady Clonbrony; "let me establish you comfortably in this, which I call my sanctuary -- my (source)
  21. Note, The cleansing of the sanctuary is a happy token for good to any people; when they begin to be reformed they will soon be relieved. (source)
  22. KING (voice over): This is what one rival calls the sanctuary mansion -- and what others mockingly label Mitt Romney's house of hypocrisy. (source)
  23. One thing we learned in 'Nam: You leave the enemy a place to retreat and get organized, what they call a sanctuary, and you cannot beat him. (source)
  24. In the Florida Keys case, the rationale given for the sanctuary was the need to protect corals from damage by ship groundings and oil drilling. (source)
  25. After the Soviet conquest of Lithuania, the country was flooded with Jewish refugees from Eastern Europe who were seeking sanctuary from the Nazis. (source)
  26. Murmuring the word sanctuary through half-slitted eyes while conjuring the images the word evokes is enough to make me want to sign up to live in one. (source)
  27. All of the acolytes and attending clergy form a procession, and return to the main sanctuary of the church, while the choir sings the hymn Vexilla Regis. (source)
  28. Note, The shining of God's face upon the desolations of the sanctuary is all in all towards the repair of it; and upon that foundation it must be rebuilt. (source)
  29. Sean Bean is Ulric, envoy to the Bishop, who leads a mission to a remote settlement reported to be "a sanctuary from the pestilence" for reasons of devilry. (source)
  30. The entrance to the Altavista sanctuary is about 25 minutes walk down the track, on either side of which are plantations of guanabana (soursop) and other fruit trees. (source)
  31. Rooted in biblical tradition, the word sanctuary dates back to biblical times when safe havens were established for people fearing reprisals for civil or criminal offenses. (source)
  32. Many investors are convinced the only truly reliable sanctuary is gold, leading analysts to believe it will continue its climb to record-breaking highs in the coming sessions. (source)
  33. In fact, Congress has established a program to facilitate such cooperation and outlawed cities from declaring themselves exempt from immigration law known as sanctuary policies. (source)
  34. One of the greatest features of the sanctuary is the elevated catwalks and observation decks that allow children and adults to marvel at these creatures in their natural habitats. (source)
  35. Hence, there is a sense in which the worship space must be a sanctuary from the grittiness and cruelties and manipulations of such issues as nationalism and profane forms of earthly patriotism. (source)
  36. Even though time in the kitchen has been seriously subjected to attacks from dining out in fancy restaurants, owning a perfect looking and all-equipped eating sanctuary is still a must, since you never know when that cooking mania will hit. (source)
  37. There's a difference between a state or locality saying they are not going to use their resources to enforce a federal law, as so-called sanctuary cities have done, and a state passing its own immigration policy that actively interferes with federal law. (source)
  38. But fewer than 10 miles from the sanctuary is another archaeological site of great interest -- a palatial home decorated with some of the finest Byzantine mosaics yet found, depicting bare-breasted Amazons, exotic animals, and figures from Greek mythology. (source)
  39. Mr. Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, played to Republican hard-liners by voicing fierce opposition to amnesty for those in the country illegally and committing to cut funding for so-called sanctuary cities, which don't enforce immigration law as a matter of policy. (source)
  40. And for that matter, a stronger link could be forged between a mage's physical body and this sanctuary and stretched as tightly as a harp string Even if the moment of death were instantaneous, making it impossible for Ma'ar to do what Falconsbane had done and make the conscious flight along the link into the sanctuary~ the release of the tension at the end linked to the living physical body would literally snap the spirit into its sanctuary~ whether or not the mage himself was even aware of what was happening to him. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 49.0, which suggests that "sanctuary" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 7 synonyms for sanctuary.

altar, chancel, holy place, sanctorium, sanctum, shrine, temple


We have 0 antonyms for sanctuary.


Pronunciation: (săngkˈcho͞o-ĕrˌē)

Syllabification: sanc-tu-a-ry


View up to 25 definitions of sanctuary from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque.
  2. (noun) The holiest part of a sacred place, as the part of a Christian church around the altar.
  3. (noun) A sacred place, such as a church, in which fugitives formerly were immune to arrest.
  4. (noun) Immunity to arrest afforded by a sanctuary.
  5. (noun) A place of refuge or asylum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) A place of safety, refuge, or protection.
  2. (noun) An area set aside for protection.
  3. (noun) A state of being protected, asylum.
  4. (noun) The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The most retired part of the temple at Jerusalem, called the Holy of Holies, in which was kept the ark of the covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter except the high priest, and he only once a year, to intercede for the people; also, the most sacred part of the tabernacle; also, the temple at Jerusalem.
  2. (noun) The most sacred part of any religious building, esp. that part of a Christian church in which the altar is placed.
  3. (noun) A house consecrated to the worship of God; a place where divine service is performed; a church, temple, or other place of worship.
  4. (noun) A sacred and inviolable asylum; a place of refuge and protection; shelter; refuge; protection.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) A sacred or consecrated place; a holy spot; a place in which sacred things are kept.
  2. (noun) Specifically— In Scripture, the temple at Jerusalem, particularly the most retired part of it, called the holy of holies, in which was kept the ark of the covenant, and into which no person was permitted to enter except the high priest, and that only once a year to intercede for the people. The same name was given to the corresponding part of the tabernacle in the wilderness (Ex. xxv. 8).
  3. (noun) A house consecrated to the worship of God; a church.
  4. (noun) The cella or most sacred part of an Egyptian, Greek, or Roman temple.
  5. (noun) In classical antiquity, a sacred place, a locality, whether inclosed or not, but generally inclosed, consecrated to some divinity or group of divinities, often a grove, sometimes an inclosure of notable size and importance, containing shrines, temples, a theater, arrangements for gymnastic contests, places of shelter for suppliants or for the sick, etc.: as, the sanctuary of Æsculapius at Epidaurus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
  2. (noun) a shelter from danger or hardship
  3. (noun) area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing