Sep·ul·cher, Sep·ul·chre n. The place in which the dead body of a human being is interred, or a place set apart for that purpose; a grave; a tomb.
The stony entrance of this sepulcher. --Shak.
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher. --John xx. 1.
A whited sepulcher. Fig.: Any person who is fair outwardly but unclean or vile within. See --Matt. xxiii. 27.
Sep·ul·cher, Sep·ul·chre v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sepulchered or Sepulchred p. pr. & vb. n. Sepulchering or Sepulchring ] To bury; to inter; to entomb; as, obscurely sepulchered.
And so sepulchered in such pomp dost lie
That kings for such a tomb would wish to die. --Milton.
n : a chamber that is used as a grave [syn: burial chamber, sepulcher,
first mentioned as purchased by Abraham for Sarah from Ephron
the Hittite (Gen. 23:20). This was the "cave of the field of
Machpelah," where also Abraham and Rebekah and Jacob and Leah
were burried (79:29-32). In Acts 7:16 it is said that Jacob was
"laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of
the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem." It has been proposed,
as a mode of reconciling the apparent discrepancy between this
verse and Gen. 23:20, to read Acts 7:16 thus: "And they [i.e.,
our fathers] were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the
sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of
Emmor [the son] of Sychem." In this way the purchase made by
Abraham is not to be confounded with the purchase made by Jacob
subsequently in the same district. Of this purchase by Abraham
there is no direct record in the Old Testament. (See TOMB.)