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Definition of altar noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • a holy table in a church or temple the high altar (= the most important one in a particular church)
  • Idioms
    at/on the altar of something (formal)
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    because of something that you think is worth suffering for He was willing to sacrifice his happiness on the altar of fame.
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