Lesson of the Day: Altar and Alter

Today, I’m starting a new series called Lesson of the Day. These short lessons will focus on grammar, spelling, word usage, and other writing related topics.

Let’s look at the proper usage for altar and alter.

Altar: is a noun meaning a table used for sacramental purposes; a usually raised structure or place on which sacrifices are offered or incense is burned in worship —often used figuratively to describe a thing given great or undue precedence or value especially at the cost of something else <sacrificed his family life on the altar of career advancement>

Alter: is a verb meaning to change or to make different without changing into something else.

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Note: The definitions used in this post are from The Chicago Manual of Style and Merriam Webster.

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