Definition of pilgrimage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pilgrimage

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    BrE BrE//ˈpɪlɡrɪmɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪlɡrɪmɪdʒ//
     
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  1. 1 a journey to a holy place for religious reasons to go on/make a pilgrimage CollocationsReligionBeing religious believe in God/​Christ/​Allah/​free will/​predestination/​heaven and hell/​an afterlife/​reincarnation be/​become a believer/​an atheist/​an agnostic/​a Christian/​Muslim/​Hindu/​Buddhist, etc. convert to/​practise/ (especially US English) practice a religion/​Buddhism/​Catholicism/​Christianity/​Islam/​Judaism, etc. go to church/(North American English) temple (= the synagogue) go to the local church/​mosque/​synagogue/​gurdwara belong to a church/​a religious community join/​enter the church/​a convent/​a monastery/​a religious sect/​the clergy/​the priesthood praise/​worship/​obey/​serve/​glorify GodCelebrations and ritual attend/​hold/​conduct/​lead a service perform a ceremony/​a rite/​a ritual/​a baptism/​the Hajj/​a mitzvah carry out/​perform a sacred/​burial/​funeral/​fertility/​purification rite go on/​make a pilgrimage celebrate Christmas/​Easter/​Eid/​Ramadan/​Hanukkah/​Passover/​Diwali observe/​break the Sabbath/​a fast/​Ramadan deliver/​preach/​hear a sermon lead/​address the congregation say/​recite a prayer/​blessingReligious texts and ideas preach/​proclaim/​spread the word of God/​the Gospel/​the message of Islam study/​follow the dharma/​the teachings of Buddha read/​study/​understand/​interpret scripture/​the Bible/​the Koran/​the gospel/​the Torah be based on/​derive from divine revelation commit/​consider something heresy/​sacrilegeReligious belief and experience seek/​find/​gain enlightenment/​wisdom strengthen/​lose your faith keep/​practise/​practice/​abandon the faith save/​purify/​lose your soul obey/​follow/​keep/​break/​violate a commandment/​Islamic law/​Jewish law be/​accept/​do God’s will receive/​experience divine grace achieve/​attain enlightenment/​salvation/​nirvana undergo a conversion/​rebirth/​reincarnation hear/​answer a prayer commit/​confess/​forgive a sin do/​perform penance
  2. 2a journey to a place that is connected with somebody/something that you admire or respect His grave has become a place of pilgrimage.
  3. Wordfindercommute, departure, destination, excursion, expedition, itinerary, journey, pilgrimage, safari, travel Word Origin Middle English: from Provençal pelegrinage, from pelegrin, from Latin peregrinus ‘foreign’, from peregre ‘abroad’, from per- ‘through’ + ager ‘field’.Extra examples His parents made a pilgrimage to Lourdes. She made a pilgrimage to visit the place where her hero was born. She was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land when she got sick. The shrine was an object of pilgrimage. There was a ban on political protests during the pilgrimage. His grave has become a place of pilgrimage.
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