altar /ˈɔːltə, ˈɒltə/


I. noun

1. the table in a Christian church at which the bread and wine are consecrated in communion services.
2. a table or flat-topped block used as the focus for a religious ritual, especially for making sacrifices or offerings to a deity.
II. phrases

1. lead someone to the altar
marry a woman.
2. sacrifice someone/thing on/at the altar of
make someone or something suffer in the interests of

no businessman is going to sacrifice his company on the altar of such altruism.
– origin Old English altar, alter, based on late Latin altar, altarium, from Latin altus ‘high’.

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