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Altar vs. Shrine — What's the Difference?

Altar vs. Shrine — What's the Difference?

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Altar

An altar is a structure with an upper surface for the presentation of religious offerings, for sacrifices, or for other ritualistic purposes. Altars are found at shrines, temples, churches and other places of worship.
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Shrine

A shrine (Latin: scrinium "case or chest for books or papers"; Old French: escrin "box or case") is a sacred or holy site dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon, or similar figure of respect, wherein they are venerated or worshipped. Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated.
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Altar

An elevated place or structure before which religious ceremonies may be enacted or upon which sacrifices may be offered.
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Shrine

A place where devotion is paid to a deity or deities, as in Shinto.
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Altar

A structure, typically a table, before which the divine offices are recited and upon which the Eucharist is celebrated in Christian churches.
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Shrine

The tomb of a saint or other venerated person.
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Altar

A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.
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Shrine

A location where an important event in the life of a holy person is thought to have occurred.
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Altar

(informal) A raised area around an altar in a church; the sanctuary.
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Shrine

A container or receptacle for sacred relics; a reliquary.
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Altar

(figurative) Any (real or notional) place where something is worshipped or sacrificed to.
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Shrine

A site hallowed by association with a revered person or object or with an important event
Independence Hall, shrine of American liberty.
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Altar

A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity.
Noah builded an altar unto the Lord.
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Shrine

To enshrine.
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Altar

In the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the communion table.
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Shrine

A holy or sacred place dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which said figure is venerated or worshipped.
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Altar

The table in Christian churches where communion is given
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Shrine

A case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint.
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Altar

A raised structure on which gifts or sacrifices to a god are made
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Shrine

(figuratively) A place or object hallowed from its history or associations.
A shrine of art
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Shrine

To enshrine; to place reverently, as if in a shrine.
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Shrine

A case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint.
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Shrine

Any sacred place, as an altar, tromb, or the like.
Too weak the sacred shrine guard.
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Shrine

A place or object hallowed from its history or associations; as, a shrine of art.
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Shrine

Short for Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, a secret fraternal organization professedly originated by one Kalif Alu, a son-in-law of Mohammed, at Mecca, in the year of the Hegira 25 (about 646 a. d.) In the modern order, established in the United States in 1872, only Knights Templars or thirty-second degree Masons are eligible for admission, though the order itself is not Masonic. A member of the order is popularly called a Shriner, and the order itself is sometimes called the Shriners.
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Shrine

To enshrine; to place reverently, as in a shrine.
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Shrine

A place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person
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Shrine

Enclose in a shrine;
The saint's bones were enshrined in the cathedral
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