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potter's field

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Definition of potter's field in English:

noun

historical
A burial place for paupers and strangers.
Example sentences
  • And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in.
  • If we can see through them with a clear eye, we will see what he saw, which is that the field of human history and human political effort is a potter's field, a field of blood.
  • The interesting part of this, though, is that Washington Square Park in New York was once a potter's field, too.

Origin

the name of an area of land near Jerusalem bought for this purpose with the money given to Judas Iscariot for betraying Jesus (Matt. 27:7).

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