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Aug 2, 2005
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Biblical allusions

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gadarene
potter's field
crown of thorns
widow's cruse
golden calf
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potter's field

(POT-uhrs feeld) Pronunciation RealAudio

noun: A burial place for poor or unidentified people.

The term derives from the name of the area where Judas was buried after he hanged himself. The land was bought with pieces of silver he had received for betraying Jesus.

"The potter's fields are full. There are so many dead that there is nowhere left to put them [people who died crossing the desert from Mexico into the US]."
Luis Alberto Urrea; America's Bounty For Mexico; The Arizona Republic (Phoenix); Jun 12, 2005.

See more usage examples of potter's field in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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Who has not for the sake of his reputation sacrificed himself? -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

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