Alter vs. Altar

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  • Altar

    An altar is a structure upon which offerings such as sacrifices are made for religious purposes. Altars are found at shrines, temples, churches and other places of worship. They are used particularly in Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto and Taoism. Judaism used such a structure until the destruction of the Second Temple. Many historical faiths also made use of them, including Roman, Greek and Norse religion.

  • Alter (verb)

    To change the form or structure of.

  • Alter (verb)

    To become different.

  • Alter (verb)

    To affect mentally, as by psychotropic drugs or illness.

  • Alter (noun)

    One of the identities or personalities of a person with multiple personality disorder / dissociative identity disorder.

  • Altar (noun)

    A table or similar flat-topped structure used for religious rites.

  • Altar (noun)

    A raised area around an altar in a church; the sanctuary.

  • Altar (noun)

    Anything that is worshipped or sacrificed to.

  • Alter (verb)

    change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way

    “our outward appearance alters as we get older”

    “Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage”

  • Alter (verb)

    castrate or spay (a domestic animal).

Oxford Dictionary

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