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superaltar Line breaks: super|altar
Pronunciation: /ˈsuːpərɔːltə/

Definition of superaltar in English:


A portable slab of stone consecrated for use where there is no consecrated altar.
Example sentences
  • The Communion-table is of wood, with a vulgar-looking attempt at superaltar and reredos.
  • Properly speaking, a superaltar is a small movable slab of stone, which is placed, as occasion for the celebration of the Holy Communion may require, upon some unconsecrated table or altar.
  • You may take away from us if you will every external ceremony; you may take away altars, and superaltars, lights and incense and vestments, and we will submit to you.


Middle English: from medieval Latin superaltare, from super- 'over' + late Latin altar(e) 'altar'.

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