Pronunciation: (ôl'tur-ij), [key]
a. offerings made upon an altar of a church.
b. offerings made to a church.
2. an honorarium paid to a priest for services at the altar from offerings and gifts.
3. endowments for the saying of Masses for deceased persons, often at a particular altar.
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