Altar or Alter?
Altar or Alter?What is the difference between "altar" and "alter"?
- "An altar" is an area of religious worship. For example:
- We stood at the church altar.
- "Alter" means to change something.
- Turn this wheel to alter the ship's course.
More about "Altar" and "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 Saint Paul's Cathedral.
- Have you seen the water damage to the alter in Saint John's Church? (This should be "altar.")
Alter"To 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. (This 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
- come to the altar
- family altar
- lead to the altar
- wedding altar
- witch's altar
- alter course
- alter ego
- alter the dress
- alter the situation
Most Mistakes Occur with "Altar" not "Alter"People rarely use "altar" when they mean "alter." It is more common for people to use "alter" when they mean "altar."
In its catalogue, one reputable website calls this piece "Alter of the Hand." Ooops.
"Alter of the Hand"