shrine [shrīn]
[ME schrin < OE scrin < L scrinium, chest, box, orig., a round container < IE * (s)krei- < base * (s)ker-, to turn: see SHRINK]
b) a niche or other setting for a statue, picture, or other object arousing or designed to arouse devotion
c) a small area or structure arranged for private devotion
d) a place revered as the place of death or burial of a saint or other venerable personage
e) a place revered as the site of a reported supernatural apparition, miraculous occurrence, etc.
f) any of certain churches or chapels often visited by pilgrims, specif. by those seeking special spiritual help, cures, etc.
2. any site or structure used in worship or devotion; esp., an area or a temple or templelike structure used in the worship of one or more deities
a) a place or structure esteemed for its importance or centrality as in history or the arts
b) a place or structure designed as a memorial to someone or something
shrined, shrining

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