altar
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɔːl.tə/, /ˈɒl.tə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɔl.tɚ/, /ˈɑl.tɚ/
  • (Canada) IPA: /ˈɑl.tɚ/
Noun

altar (plural altars)

  1. A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.
  2. (informal) A raised area around an altar in a church; the sanctuary.
  3. (figurative) Anything that is worshipped or sacrificed to.
    • 2000, Alain Renaut, ‎M. B. De Bevoise, Era of the Individual: A Contribution to a History of Subjectivity
      […] now marking the end of ascetic rationalism, the monadology no longer implied a sacrifice of individuality on the altar of rationality.
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