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n. A raised structure (as a square or oblong erection of stone or wood) on which sacrifices are offered or incense burned to a deity.n. In the Christian church, a construction of stone, wood, or other material for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist; the communion table.
n. A vessel adapted for various domestic purposes, and anciently for sacrificial uses; especially, a vessel of antique or elegant pattern used for ornament; as, a porcelain vase; a gold vase; a Grecian vase. See Illust. of Portland vase, under Portland.n. A vessel similar to that described in the first definition above, or the representation of one in a solid block of stone, or the like, used for an ornament, as on a terrace or in a garden. See Illust. of Niche.
n. A mode of opening the game, in which a pawn is sacrificed to gain an attacking position.
n. The act of immolating, or the state of being immolated, or sacrificed.n. That which is immolated; a sacrifice.
n. A fungus (Ustilago foetida) which affects the ear of cereals, filling the grains with a fetid dust; -- also called pepperbrand.n. The middle part, cavity, or belly of a sail; the part of a furled sail which is at the center of the yard.
n. Reconciliation; restoration of friendly relations; agreement; concord.n. Satisfaction or reparation made by giving an equivalent for an injury, or by doing of suffering that which will be received in satisfaction for an offense or injury; expiation; amends; -- with for. Specifically, in theology: The expiation of sin made by the obedience, personal suffering, and death of Christ.
n. A burnt sacrifice; an offering, the whole of which was consumed by fire, among the Jews and some pagan nations.n. Sacrifice or loss of many lives, as by the burning of a theater or a ship. [An extended use not authorized by careful writers.]
n. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preeminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters.n. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex.
n. The act of killing a victim for sacrifice.
m. The system, style, spirit, or character, of a priesthood, or sacerdotal order; devotion to the interests of the sacerdotal order.
n. The act of assessing; the act of determining an amount to be paid; as, an assessment of damages, or of taxes; an assessment of the members of a club.n. A valuation of property or profits of business, for the purpose of taxation; such valuation and an adjudging of the proper sum to be levied on the property; as, an assessment of property or an assessment on property.
n. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.n. A settlement by arbitration or by mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an agreement.
imp. & p. p. of Compromise
p. pr. & vb. n. of Compromise
n. The act of depressing.n. The state of being depressed; a sinking.
n. One who deliberately puts an end to his own existence, or loses his life while engaged in the commission of an unlawful or malicious act; a suicide.
n. The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where some of the Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch, which, on this account, was afterward regarded as a place of abomination, and made a receptacle for all the refuse of the city, perpetual fires being kept up in order to prevent pestilential effluvia. In the New Testament the name is transferred, by an easy metaphor, to Hell.