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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ They reverently built a small shrine for the book in one of Mrs Puri's flowerbeds.
▪ Just past one bad curve, a small shrine has been erected, La Virgen surrounded by three concrete crosses recently whitewashed.
▪ They had arrived in a shady grove around a small stone shrine.
▪ In the west of Ireland a small roadside shrine to the Virgin Mary stands almost alongside an equally modest stone circle.
▪ When we passed a small shrine by the side of the track everyone let out an almighty whoop of greeting.
▪ He was celebrated there as a martyr, and his grave became a shrine, a sacred site, a pilgrimage centre.
▪ There he found the skeleton of a whale, a sperm whale, which had become a shrine for the natives.
▪ Q: Indeed, it seems St Joseph's has become a holy shrine to many.
▪ Her classroom has become a virtual shrine to the Olympics.
▪ They kept everything, and the bedrooms of the mixing boys became their shrines.
▪ The mound becomes a temporary shrine.
▪ His Denbigh Terrace home became a shrine of tin signs advertising elixirs, tobaccos and teas.
▪ They reverently built a small shrine for the book in one of Mrs Puri's flowerbeds.
▪ My sister and I continue to be venerated by our people, who built shrines and declared national holidays in our honor.
▪ There I built a shrine and sacrificed a he-goat in the name of the truth.
▪ Still he wouldn't sell for them to build a shrine, so the cattle began to die.
▪ On average, 250 pilgrims visit the shrine every weekend from Easter to September.
▪ a Shinto shrine
▪ the Lenin shrine in Moscow
▪ Both shrines flourish today and co-operate ecumenically.
▪ Hope then built a beautiful shrine at the other end of the village.
▪ In the same fashion, they also brought down the Shinto shrine.
▪ Kalchu took off his shoes and went into the shrine.
▪ To me, this voyage was something much more-it was a pilgrimage to the shrine of my philosophy.
▪ Various offerings of Sake, branches and salt were made to the shrine that had been established on the site.
▪ You were more interested in having us bow before the shrine than teaching students.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shrine \Shrine\ (shr[imac]n), n. [OE. schrin, AS. scr[=i]n, from L. scrinium a case, chest, box.]

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

  2. Any sacred place, as an altar, tromb, or the like.

    Too weak the sacred shrine guard.

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

  4. 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.


Shrine \Shrine\, v. t. To enshrine; to place reverently, as in a shrine. ``Shrined in his sanctuary.''

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English scrin "ark (of the covenant); chest, coffer; case for relics," from Latin scrinium "case or box for keeping papers," of unknown origin. From late 14c. as "a tomb of a saint" (usually elaborate and large). A widespread word, compare Dutch schrijn, German Schrein, French écrin, Russian skrynya, Lithuanian skrine.\n\n


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

  1. n. a place of worship hallowed by association with some sacred thing or person

  2. v. enclose in a shrine; "the saint's bones were enshrined in the cathedral" [syn: enshrine]

Shrine (disambiguation)

A shrine is a holy or sacred place.

Shrine may also refer to:


A shrine ( "case or chest for books or papers"; Old French: escrin "box or case") is a holy or sacred place, which is dedicated to a specific deity, ancestor, hero, martyr, saint, daemon, or similar figure of awe and respect, at which they are venerated or worshipped. Shrines often contain idols, relics, or other such objects associated with the figure being venerated. A shrine at which votive offerings are made is called an altar. Shrines are found in many of the world's religions, including Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese folk religion, Shinto, and Asatru as well as in secular and non-religious settings such as a war memorial. Shrines can be found in various settings, such as churches, temples, cemeteries, or in the home, although portable shrines are also found in some cultures.

A shrine may become a focus of a cult image.

Shrine (novel)

Shrine ( 1983) is a horror novel by James Herbert, exploring themes of religious ecstasy, mass hysteria, demonic possession, faith healing and Catholicism. The story is about Alice Pagett, a deaf-mute child who's cured one night when she runs to an oak tree behind St. Joseph's, her local church. She's found by reporter Gerry Fenn and, when news of her cure spreads, their village becomes ablaze with publicity. After Alice performs several " miracle" cures in front of the tree, and claims to have seen the Virgin Mary there, it starts to be treated as a Lourdes-like shrine by Catholic pilgrims. St. Joseph's priest, Father Hagan, however, senses spiritual danger.

Usage examples of "shrine".

The philosopher, perchance, may be accounted so, but it is at the cost of too precious sacrifices at the phantom shrine of Liberty.

People think, well, do I want to take my headache to a shrine, have to pay a lot, and risk angering a god for calling him down for my trivial complaint, or do I just want to go and pick up a couple of pills from the allopathist on the corner?

Another example of the aesthetic taste of the Japanese for naturalness is to be found in the architecture of Shinto shrines, the wood of which is often left unpainted.

The severely simple buildings of the shrine, with their raised floors, thatched roofs, and crossed end-rafters, show Shinto architecture at its best.

Chapter 1 for other remarks about the influence of granary style architecture on both shrine and palace buildings.

She was peculiarly assiduous in exhibiting the relics with which this, like all other celebrated shrines, abounds.

High Temple to confer with the logothete of the treasury on the best way to make sure we have an exact record of how much gold and silver is borrowed from each shrine we control.

Hastily erected shrines to Manion the Innocent stood prominently on blufftops above the river.

On the docks, crude hand-made shrines memorializing Manion the Innocent were strewn with flowers and colorful shells.

On the table he set out candles and an incense burner, a shrine for the Matra ei Filho.

And in the shrine an image sate, All veiled: but there was seen the light Of smiles which faintly could express A mingled pain and tenderness Through that ethereal drapery.

He stood there in the raiment of a king, and the gates of the jewelled shrine flew open, and from the crystal of the many-rayed monstrance shone a marvellous and mystical light.

Unlike other shrines to the dead, this was a tactile and participatory memorial.

All of jasper is that temple, and covering an acre of ground with its walls and courts, its seven pinnacled towers, and its inner shrine where the river enters through hidden channels and the god sings softly in the night.

While the blood was still plashing from step to step, the leader of the rangers seized a torch, and applied it to the drapery of the shrine.