American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A plural of sanctum.
“It is only to such an assembly that it is lawful to apply the term sancta synodus (see GENERAL COUNCILS).”
“In another way it denotes firmness, wherefore in olden times the term "sancta" was applied to such things as were upheld by law and were not to be violated.”
“Judica me Deus, et discerne causam meam de gente non sancta: ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me.”
“As he inserts them, he says the words newly assigned to each one: “Per sua sancta vulnera” at the first, “gloriosa” at the second, etc.”
“He explains that, by the mid-1960s, transatlantic smoking rooms had metamorphosed from turn-of-the- century, men-only sancta for smoking, drinking, gambling and occasional vulgarity into larger, less smoky and prettier public rooms admitting their wives.”
“He does not, however, represent recognizable Jewish thought or practice in his mis- representations of the Torah and other Jewish sancta -- or for that matter, New Testament and Christian biblical interpretation and theology.”
“The economic debacle that has diminished and may demolish the sancta sanctorum of the University -- from Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences to the entire system at the University of California -- is an essential element of this sense of loss.”
“The early fathers of the Christian Church — Augustine, Jerome, Ambrose, and Gregory the Great — transformed classical architectural mnemonics into sancta memoria (holy recollection), a monastic practice of meditation that cultivated the memory through aedificatio, a process in which the craft of edifying thoughts mirrored the edifying craft of architecture.”
“The convivial aspirations of sancta memoria fortified personal expression.”
“Building on this tradition, Christian theologians conceived sancta memoria, a medieval practice of meditation in which mechanisms and processes of architectural construction figured as metaphors for spiritual edification.”
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