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Sanctuary vs. Shrine — What's the Difference?

Sanctuary vs. Shrine — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Sanctuary and Shrine

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Sanctuary

A sanctuary, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine. By the use of such places as a haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety.
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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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Sanctuary

A sacred place, such as a church, temple, or mosque.
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Shrine

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

The holiest part of a sacred place, as the part of a Christian church around the altar.
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Shrine

The tomb of a saint or other venerated person.
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Sanctuary

A sacred place, such as a church, in which fugitives formerly were immune to arrest.
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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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Sanctuary

Immunity to arrest afforded by a sanctuary
Sought sanctuary in the church.
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Shrine

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

The condition of being protected or comforted
"Women such as herself tended to ... seek sanctuary in religion" (Paul Scott).
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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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Sanctuary

A place of refuge or asylum.
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Shrine

To enshrine.
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Sanctuary

A reserved area in which birds and other animals, especially wild animals, are protected from hunting or disturbance.
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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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Sanctuary

A place of safety, refuge, or protection.
My car is a sanctuary, where none can disturb me except for people who cut me off.
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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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Sanctuary

An area set aside for protection.
The bird sanctuary has strict restrictions on visitors so the birds aren't disturbed.
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Shrine

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

A state of being protected, asylum.
The government granted sanctuary to the defector, protecting him from his former government.
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Shrine

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

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

A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site.
These laws, whoever made them, bestowed on temples the privilege of sanctuary.
The admirable works of painting were made fuel for the fire; but some relics of it took sanctuary under ground, and escaped the common destiny.
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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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Sanctuary

A consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
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Shrine

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

A shelter from danger or hardship
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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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Sanctuary

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