Altar and Alter
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between altar and alter?
An altar is an area of religious worship.
Alter means to change something.
Altar or Alter?Occasionally, there is confusion over the words altar and alter.
Click on the Two Correct Sentences
AltarThe word altar is a noun. An altar is an area (usually a table) where religious worship or sacrifice occurs.
- The ancient Britons used to sacrifice animals on elaborate stone altars.
- We were married at the altar in St Paul's Cathedral.
- Have you seen the water damage to the alter in St. John's Church? (should be altar)
AlterTo alter is a verb meaning to change something.
- Will you alter this dress for Saturday's play?
- Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months. (Playwright Oscar Wilde)
- Please altar your claim in Section 9. (should be alter, i.e., to amend or change)
Some Images for Altar and Alter
altar in church
eerie sacrificial altar
ladies alter clothes
Common Terms with "Altar" and "Alter"Common terms with the word "altar":
- altar boys
- lead to the altar
- family altar
- alter ego
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