god's acre


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

God \God\ (g[o^]d), n. [AS. god; akin to OS. & D. god, OHG. got,
   G. gott, Icel. gu[eth], go[eth], Sw. & Dan. gud, Goth. gup,
   prob. orig. a p. p. from a root appearing in Skr. h[=u], p.
   p. h[=u]ta, to call upon, invoke, implore. [root]30. Cf.
   Goodbye, Gospel, Gossip.]
   1. A being conceived of as possessing supernatural power, and
      to be propitiated by sacrifice, worship, etc.; a divinity;
      a deity; an object of worship; an idol.
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            He maketh a god, and worshipeth it.   --Is. xliv.
                                                  15.
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            The race of Israel . . . bowing lowly down
            To bestial gods.                      --Milton.
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   2. The Supreme Being; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the
      Creator, and the Sovereign of the universe; Jehovah.
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            God is a Spirit; and they that worship him must
            worship him in spirit and in truth.   --John iv. 24.
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   3. A person or thing deified and honored as the chief good;
      an object of supreme regard.
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            Whose god is their belly.             --Phil. iii.
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   4. Figuratively applied to one who wields great or despotic
      power. [R.] --Shak.
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   Act of God. (Law) See under Act.

   Gallery gods, the occupants of the highest and cheapest
      gallery of a theater. [Colloq.]

   God's acre, God's field, a burial place; a churchyard.
      See under Acre.

   God's house.
      (a) An almshouse. [Obs.]
      (b) A church.

   God's penny, earnest penny. [Obs.] --Beau. & Fl.

   God's Sunday, Easter.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Acre \A"cre\, n. [OE. aker, AS. [ae]cer; akin to OS. accar, OHG.
   achar, Ger. acker, Icel. akr, Sw. [*a]ker, Dan. ager, Goth.
   akrs, L. ager, Gr. ?, Skr. ajra. [root]2, 206.]
   1. Any field of arable or pasture land. [Obs.]
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   2. A piece of land, containing 160 square rods, or 4,840
      square yards, or 43,560 square feet. This is the English
      statute acre. That of the United States is the same. The
      Scotch acre was about 1.26 of the English, and the Irish
      1.62 of the English.
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   Note: The acre was limited to its present definite quantity
         by statutes of Edward I., Edward III., and Henry VIII.
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   Broad acres, many acres, much landed estate. [Rhetorical]
      

   God's acre, God's field; the churchyard.
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            I like that ancient Saxon phrase, which calls
            The burial ground, God's acre.        --Longfellow.
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