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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

God's acre

PRONUNCIATION:
(godz AY-kuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A cemetery, especially one next to a church.

ETYMOLOGY:
Loan translation of German Gottesacker, from Gott (God) + Acker (field). The allusion is that the bodies of the dead are sown in the field in hope of resurrection.

USAGE:
"Mourning strangers also came to weep anniversary tears at another cheerless God's acre."
Frank Keating; Ask Not For Whom the Bell Tolls, It Tolls For These; The Guardian (London, UK); Sep 26, 2006.

See more usage examples of God's acre in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Until you dig a hole, you plant a tree, you water it and make it survive, you haven't done a thing. You are just talking. -Wangari Muta Maathai, activist and Nobel laureate (b. 1940)

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