Definitions for: Calvary


[n] any experience that causes intense suffering
[n] a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified



Webster (1913) Definition: Cal"va*ry (k[a^]l"v[.a]*r[y^]), n. [L. calvaria a bare
skull, fr. calva the scalp without hair. fr. calvus bald; cf.
F. calvaire.]
1. The place where Christ was crucified, on a small hill
outside of Jerusalem. --Luke xxiii. 33.

Note: The Latin calvaria is a translation of the Greek
krani`on of the Evangelists, which is an interpretation
of the Hebrew Golgotha. --Dr. W. Smith.

2. A representation of the crucifixion, consisting of three
crosses with the figures of Christ and the thieves, often
as large as life, and sometimes surrounded by figures of
other personages who were present at the crucifixion.

3. (Her.) A cross, set upon three steps; -- more properly
called cross calvary.

Synonyms: Golgotha, martyrdom

See Also: affliction, capital of Israel, hill, Jerusalem

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