sacrarium

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin sacrārium.

NounEdit

sacrarium (plural sacraria)

 
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  1. (historical) In Ancient Rome, a place where sacred objects were kept, either in a temple (the adytum) or in a house (holding the penates)
  2. The area surrounding the altar of a Christian church; the sanctuary or piscina. Sometimes specifically a drain directly to the earth, perhaps including reference to a basin, for washing vessels from consecration.
    • 1886, Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge, Chapter 2,[1]
      The hay-trusser deposited his basket by the font, went up the nave till he reached the altar-rails, and opening the gate entered the sacrarium, where he seemed to feel a sense of the strangeness for a moment; then he knelt upon the footpace.
    • 2016, Martin Pousson, Black Sheep Boy, Los Angeles: Rare Bird Books, Part I, “Wanted Man,”
      The bathroom looked like a radiant sacristy, the sink a piscine, the drain a sacrarium.
  3. (anatomy) The complex sacrum of any bird.

TranslationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From sacer (sacred, holy) +‎ -ārium.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sacrārium n (genitive sacrāriī or sacrārī); second declension

  1. A place where sacred objects are kept; sacrarium, sacristy, sanctuary, shrine.

DeclensionEdit

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative sacrārium sacrāria
Genitive sacrāriī
sacrārī1
sacrāriōrum
Dative sacrāriō sacrāriīs
Accusative sacrārium sacrāria
Ablative sacrāriō sacrāriīs
Vocative sacrārium sacrāria

1Found in older Latin (until the Augustan Age).

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • Catalan: sagrari
  • English: sacrarium
  • Italian: sacrario
  • Portuguese: sacrário
  • Spanish: sagrario

ReferencesEdit

  • sacrarium in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sacrarium in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sacrarium in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • sacrarium in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sacrarium in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016
  • sacrarium in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin