A structure or platform used for religious rituals, especially for making offerings or sacrifices to a deity.
Old english alter, via latin from greek thusiastērion, from thusia "sacrifice".
- The altar in the church was decorated with fresh flowers.
- The altar in the temple was used for offerings to the gods.
- The altar in the mosque was surrounded by worshippers.
- The altar in the synagogue was a central part of the worship.
- The altar in the cathedral was a work of art in itself.