We invaded to vanquish al Qaeda and deny it sanctuary on Afghan soil.
Thus, they deprived the British army of sanctuary, supplies, and intelligence.
But scrutinizing Walking Dead fans have picked up on signs of something darker going on at the “sanctuary for all.”
But by the end of the 1970s, Pakistan did not look like the sanctuary for Muslims its advertising had suggested.
The audience—which filled up perhaps half of the synagogue's 1,000-seat sanctuary—laughed appreciatively.
The school is strictly a court of the Temple, a porch outside the sanctuary.
Could it then be true, that the only sanctuary of peace is in the heart?
The request was granted, and the sanctuary removed from Manchester to Chester.
I would not have ventured to light a cigarette in that sanctuary for a hundred pounds.
She was glad of their sanctuary; she did not know where she should find such another.
early 14c., "building set apart for holy worship," from Anglo-French sentuarie, Old French saintuaire "sacred relic, holy thing; reliquary, sanctuary," from Late Latin sanctuarium "a sacred place, shrine" (especially the Hebrew Holy of Holies; see sanctum), also "a private room," from Latin sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).
Since the time of Constantine and by medieval Church law, fugitives or debtors enjoyed immunity from arrest in certain churches, hence transferred sense of "immunity from punishment" (late 14c.). Exceptions were made in England in cases of treason and sacrilege. General (non-ecclesiastical) sense of "place of refuge or protection" is attested from 1560s; as "land set aside for wild plants or animals to breed and live" it is recorded from 1879.