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Definition of Altar

  ALTAR   noun
The place whereupon the priest formerly raveled out the small intestine of the sacrificial victim for purposes of divination and cooked its flesh for the gods.  The word is now seldom used, except with reference to the sacrifice of their liberty and peace by a male and a female tool.
  They stood before the altar and supplied
  The fire themselves in which their fat was fried.
  In vain the sacrifice! -- no god will claim
  An offering burnt with an unholy flame.

M.P. Nopput

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Regular definition:
??:lt? n. 1 a table or flat-topped block, often of stone, for sacrifice or offering to a deity. 2 a Communion-table. řaltar boy a boy who serves as a priest's assistant in a service. lead to the altar marry (a woman). [OE altar -er, Gmc adoption of LL altar, altarium f. L altaria (pl.) burnt offerings, altar, prob. rel. to adolere burn in sacrifice]

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