Synonyms for catacomb

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And is there not a column in the catacomb to which, if a madman is bound, he recovers his reason?

The plan of the catacomb of S. Priscilla is a good illustration of this.

The only marvel is, how he comes to be hiding himself in the catacomb.

What does it matter, so long as the whole mountain is a catacomb of kings?

Let us leave the catacomb, if you wish, and you can repeat your story to me up above.

With still greater difficulty he reached the entrance to the catacomb.

He entered the catacomb June 7, 1831, and obtained eleven mummies.

He was then beheaded, with several of his adherents, and buried in the Catacomb.

A striking example of this occurs in the Catacomb of Callixtus.

They occur in a gallery of the Catacomb, not far from the Appian Way.

WORD ORIGIN

usually catacombs, from Old English catacumbas, from Late Latin (400 C.E.) catacumbae (plural), originally the region of underground tombs between the 2nd and 3rd milestones of the Appian Way (where the bodies of apostles Paul and Peter, among others, were said to have been laid), origin obscure, perhaps once a proper name, or dissimilation from Latin cata tumbas "at the graves," from cata- "among" + tumbas. accusative plural of tumba "tomb" (see tomb).

If so, the word perhaps was altered by influence of Latin -cumbere "to lie." From the same source are French catacombe, Italian catacomba, Spanish catacumba. Extended by 1836 in English to any subterranean receptacle of the dead (as in Paris). Related: Catacumbal.

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