Adjective "catacombs" definition and examples

(Catacombs may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈkatəkəʊm//ˈkatəkuːm/

Definitions and examples

noun

An underground cemetery consisting of a subterranean gallery with recesses for tombs, as constructed by the ancient Romans.
  1. 'The catacombs are the ancient underground cemeteries used by the Christians and the Jewish people in Rome.'
  2. 'The slow progression of arches, with their classical stonework, feels more like something from a Roman catacomb than from the London Underground.'
  3. 'The combination of anchor and fish forms the ‘anchor-cross,’ which is another early Christian symbol found in the Roman catacombs.'
  4. 'Because they feared persecution from the Roman rulers, they met secretly in private homes or in underground passages and rooms called catacombs.'
  5. 'With such simple means the earliest Christian artists evoked the light of the world, flickering in the surrounding darkness, casting a living, dancing shadow on the walls of a Roman tenement or catacomb.'
  6. 'But from the very beginning, Christians used other means of artistic expression as well, such as sketches on the walls of Roman catacombs.'
  7. 'While their Roman counterparts worshipped in catacombs and underground vaults, the Egyptian Christians built their churches openly and performed their ceremonies in full view of the Empire.'
  8. 'Badgers actually live together in large underground catacombs called ‘setts.’'
  9. 'He lived in dangerous times, so he constructed several secret passageways and catacombs underneath the city and inside the castle.'
  10. 'A week of tramping for miles underground and sleeping in limestone catacombs tunneled out by sulfuric acid is not everyone's idea of happy camping.'

More definitions

1. Usually, catacombs. an underground cemetery, especially one consisting of tunnels and rooms with recesses dug out for coffins and tombs.

2. the Catacombs, the subterranean burial chambers of the early Christians in and near Rome, Italy.

3. an underground passageway, especially one full of twists and turns.

More examples(as adjective)

"passageways can be catacombs."

"hundredses can be catacombs."

Origin

(catacomb)Old English, from late Latin catacumbas, the name of the subterranean cemetery of St Sebastian near Rome.