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[gol-guh-thuh] /ˈgɒl gə θə/
a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified; Calvary.
a place of suffering or sacrifice.
a place of burial.
Also, golgotha (for defs 2, 3)
Origin of Golgotha
1585-95; < Latin (Vulgate) < Greek golgothá < Aramaic gulgaltā, akin to Hebrew gulgōleth skull Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was the only deed of kindness I noted on Golgotha that day.

    The Centurion's Story David James Burrell
  • At a little distance I drew rein and looked back at Golgotha.

    The Centurion's Story David James Burrell
  • He experienced that which surrounds the Mystery of Golgotha in the higher world.

  • Wherever a great mind utters its thoughts,—there is Golgotha.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • Each hamlet has its Golgotha, where worn-out animals are left to die.

    Beast and Man in India

    John Lockwood Kipling
  • Jerome speaks of it as the little mountain, or hill, of Golgotha.

    Biblical Geography and History Charles Foster Kent
  • Perhaps he felt that for him after his Golgotha are the sweet-singing flames of Purgatory.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • The gate had been passed and now the low hill of Calvary, or Golgotha, was at hand.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Tyburn was a kind of Golgotha, a place of infamy and disgrace.

British Dictionary definitions for Golgotha


another name for Calvary
(sometimes not capital) (rare) a place of burial
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin, from Greek, from Aramaic, based on Hebrew gulgōleth skull
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Word Origin and History for Golgotha

hill near Jerusalem, via Latin and Greek, from Aramaic gulgulta, literally "(place of the) skull," cognate with Hebrew gulgoleth "skull." So called in reference to its shape (see Calvary).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Golgotha in Culture
Golgotha [(gol-guh-thuh, gol-goth-uh)]

The ancient name for Calvary.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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