1. area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

    Synonyms : bema, chancel
    Type Of : area
  2. a shelter from danger or hardship

    Synonyms : asylum, refuge
    Type Of : shelter
  3. a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept

    Type Of : place, property


  1. the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity

    Synonyms : ritual killing
    Type Of : putting to death, killing, kill
  2. the act of losing or surrendering something as a penalty for a mistake or fault or failure to perform etc.

    Synonyms : forfeit, forfeiture
    Type Of : act, deed, human action, human activity
  3. endure the loss of

    Synonyms : give
    Type Of : release, give up, free, relinquish, resign
  4. a loss entailed by giving up or selling something at less than its value

    Type Of : loss
    Examples :
    • he had to sell his car at a considerable sacrifice
  5. (baseball) an out that advances the base runners

    Type Of : putout
  6. kill or destroy

    Type Of : kill
    Examples :
    • The animals were sacrificed after the experiment
    • The general had to sacrifice several soldiers to save the regiment
  7. make a sacrifice of; in religious rituals

    Type Of : offer up, offer
  8. personnel that are sacrificed (e.g., surrendered or lost in order to gain an objective)

    Type Of : loss, personnel casualty
  9. sell at a loss

    Type Of : sell


  1. street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate

    Synonyms : easy lay, georgia home boy, goop, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy, max, scoop
    Type Of : gamma hydroxybutyrate, ghb
  2. rub soap all over, usually with the purpose of cleaning

    Synonyms : lather
    Type Of : clean, cleanse
  3. a cleansing agent made from the salts of vegetable or animal fats

    Type Of : cleansing agent, cleaner, cleanser
  4. money offered as a bribe

    Type Of : bribe, payoff


  1. a humorous drama based on situations that might arise in day-to-day life

    Synonyms : situation comedy
    Type Of : comedy
  2. a humorous television program based on situations that could arise in everyday life

    Synonyms : situation comedy
    Type Of : television program, television show, tv program, tv show


  1. lacking sensitivity or the capacity for deep feeling


  1. (plural) spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun

    Synonyms : dark glasses, sunglasses
    Type Of : spectacles, glasses, eyeglasses, specs
    Examples :
    • he was wearing a pair of mirrored shades
  2. (plural) something that reminds you of someone or something

    Type Of : reminder
    Examples :
    • aren't there shades of 1948 here?


  1. doubt about the truth of something

    Synonyms : disbelief, incredulity, mental rejection
    Type Of : uncertainty, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude
  2. the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge

    Synonyms : agnosticism, scepticism
    Type Of : unbelief, disbelief


  1. of or relating to Scandinavia or its peoples or cultures

    Synonyms : norse
  2. the northern family of Germanic languages that are spoken in Scandinavia and Iceland

    Synonyms : nordic, norse, north germanic, north germanic language, scandinavian language
    Type Of : germanic, germanic language
  3. an inhabitant of Scandinavia

    Synonyms : norse, northman
    Type Of : european


  1. someone who skis

    Type Of : athlete, jock


  1. United States inventor of an improved chain-stitch sewing machine (1811-1875)

    Synonyms : isaac m. singer, isaac merrit singer
  2. United States writer (born in Poland) of Yiddish stories and novels (1904-1991)

    Synonyms : isaac bashevis singer
  3. a person who sings

    Synonyms : vocaliser, vocalist, vocalizer
    Type Of : player, musician, instrumentalist