shrine

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From Middle English shryne, from Old English scrīn ‎(reliquary, ark of the covenant), from Latin scrīnium ‎(case or chest for books or papers). Of unknown origin. Compare Old Norse skrín, Old High German skrīni.

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shrine ‎(plural shrines)

  1. 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.
  2. A case, box, or receptacle, especially one in which are deposited sacred relics, as the bones of a saint.
  3. A place or object hallowed from its history or associations.
    a shrine of art

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shrine ‎(third-person singular simple present shrines, present participle shrining, simple past and past participle shrined)

  1. To enshrine; to place reverently, as if in a shrine.
    Shrined in his sanctuary. — Milton.

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