Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place or occasion of great suffering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Calvary. See the Note under Calvary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Hebrew (Aramaic) name of the place of Christ's crucifixion, somewhere near Jerusalem.
  • n. A graveyard or place of interment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hill near Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified

Etymologies

After Golgotha .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Their breeziness at the altar as well as the velcro on their vestments shows that, for them, the whole golgotha/sacrifice/wine-into-blood thing is No Big Deal.

    Living mystery

  • Rashleigh stood a few moments an appalled spectator of this disgusting golgotha; but at last he resolved the savages should not be able to revisit that spot on the morrow to point to the senseless remains in proof of what they had done to avenge the aggressions of the white men.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • He kept on until he saw the tip of one of his own fingers in the dead thing's sour mash, saw the white dust beneath the nail from the golgotha where he and the man in black had held their long palaver, and then he looked aside and vomited.

    The Drawing of the Three

  • The final confrontation between Roland and Walter occurs in a dusty golgotha of decaying bones.

    The Drawing of the Three

  • La Salle hardly dared trust his voice, but Orloff uttered his well-known halloo; and of the four who were gathered in that dwelling of ice, the most cheerful and kindly, was he whose dead enemy lay gazing with stony eyeballs at the wintry skies, amid a golgotha of animal butchery, with the dark impress of a rifle-bullet in the centre of his forehead.

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

  • Federal and Confederate lay together, the bitterness of noon assuaged in the common tribulation of the night, and all the while came in the dripping stretchers, to place in this golgotha new recruits for death and sorrow.

    Campaigns of a Non-Combatant, and His Romaunt Abroad During the War

  • Kemp, whose mouldering skull in the golgotha of Hythe my brother and myself could scarcely lift, must have resembled in one respect at least this Harald, whom Snorro describes as a great and wise ruler and a determined leader, dangerous in battle, of fair presence, and measuring in height just _five ells_, {13} neither more nor less.

    Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest

  • I often thought of my friend Doctor M. and his golgotha, while we were kicking these fine specimens about the ground.

    Townsend Chapter 2

  • Clarke, brave as he was, had lost all his intrepidity in this golgotha, this place of skulls; the very scent of which, knowing whence it proceeded, was abhorrent.

    The Adventures of Hugh Trevor

  • _premier entree_ into this painted sepulchre, this golgotha of Europe, which buries the whole settlement every five years.

    Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora Despatched to Arrest the Mutineers of the 'Bounty' in the South Seas, 1790-1791

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