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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
altar (noun)
1.
a usually raised structure or place on which sacrifices are offered or incense is burned in worship - often used figuratively to describe a thing given great or undue precedence or value especially at the cost of something else sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement
2.
a table on which the eucharistic elements are consecrated or which serves as a center of worship or ritual
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