• WordNet 3.6
    • n pilgrimage a journey to a sacred place
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pilgrimage A tedious and wearisome time. "In prison hast thou spent a pilgrimage ."
    • Pilgrimage The journey of a pilgrim; a long journey; especially, a journey to a shrine or other sacred place. Fig., the journey of human life. "The days of the years of my pilgrimage ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pilgrimage A journey undertaken by a pilgrim; a traveling on through a strange country or to some place deemed sacred in order to perform some religious vow or duty, or obtain some spiritual or miraculous benefit.
    • n pilgrimage Figuratively, the journey of life; the time spent in passing through the world to the “better land.”
    • n pilgrimage The time occupied by a pilgrimage; hence, a lifetime.
    • n pilgrimage Synonyms Voyage, Tour, etc. See journey.
    • pilgrimage To go as a pilgrim.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pilgrimage the journey of a pilgrim: a journey to a shrine or other sacred place: the time taken for a pilgrimage: the journey of life, a lifetime
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  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Common sense and nature will do a lot to make the pilgrimage of life not too difficult.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of the weary pilgrimage.”
  • John Bunyan
    “My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it.”
  • Anita Brookner
    “Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.”
  • Jalal-Uddin Rumi
    “Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separateness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pilgrimage, pelgrinage,; cf. F. pèlerinage,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pelegrin (Fr. pèlerin)—L. peregrinus, foreigner, stranger—pereger, a traveller—per, through, ager, land.


In literature:

Several years later the pilgrimage of Christiana was written.
"Browning's England" by Helen Archibald Clarke
But we must greatly mistrust those apparitions which ask for masses, pilgrimages and restitution.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
Every lover worthy of the name is certain to pilgrimage, muffled in his cloak, to moon over the home of his adored one.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
San Lorenzo is a patriarchal church, and one of the seven pilgrimage churches of Rome.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
Holy Land, pilgrimages to the, 289.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
For we have not yet completed our pilgrimage; we have not arrived at the place toward which we journey.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
That ye would with Everyman go, And help him in his pilgrimage.
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
Harry West had now reached one of these epochs in his pilgrimage.
"Try Again" by Oliver Optic
To this the peculiar character of the monastery of Einsiedeln, as a far-famed place of pilgrimage, contributed.
"The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli" by Johann Hottinger
Mrs. Burton had gone off alone on one of her dramatic pilgrimages.
"The Campfire Girls on the Field of Honor" by Margaret Vandercook

In poetry:

Are they not dwelling side by side?
Have they not 'scaped the strife,
The snares, the sins, the woes that stain
This pilgrimage of life?
"The Little Brothers," by Lydia Howard Huntley Sigourney
A thousand, thousand changing things
Man's mortal pilgrimage befall;
But virtue, but religion, brings
Sweet hopes and steadfast joys for all.
"Religious Comfort" by John Bowring
May we live long surraanded wi' friends,
To enjoy what is healthful an pure;
An at last when this pilgrimage ends,
We shall nivver regret it aw'm sure.
"Be Happy" by John Hartley
No Envy there, a bloodhound grim,
Pursues us on our way;
The eye of Avarice is dim;
There Rapine does not prey.
We leave, in that blessed pilgrimage,
Age, and the woes that wait on age.
"A Dirge" by Peter John Allan
Wisdom sees Thee shining brightly
In the starry worlds above;
Virtue hears Thee speaking nightly
From those orbs of light and love;
Smiling youth and hoary age
Praise Thee in their pilgrimage.
"Winter: Sunday Evening" by John Bowring
In the coldness of life, in the ashes
Of death, there is hidden a spark,
Which, breathed on by Deity, flashes
Its rays on the destinies dark
Of man—in his pilgrimage drear,
Of man—on his death-bed and bier.
"Divine Influence" by John Bowring

In news:

Captain LearnCurve and his gorgeous wife were packing up for their annual Caribbean pilgrimage to do a bit of scuba diving.
World Youth Day Pilgrimage Ends With a Visit to Avila: Praying Where St Teresa Prayed.
Living our life is our pilgrimage, whether it be in Kentucky or on Park Avenue.
A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel.
The Pilgrimage of Annie Leibovitz.
Cora Lorenzo talks about her pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, and the mysterious oils seeping out of the religious icons she keeps in her Texas home.
A clown and his son pose during a pilgrimage to the Virgin of Guadalupe's basilica, Mexico's patron saint, in Mexico City on July 18, 2012.
I'm going back to the Smithsonian for repeated pilgrimages and inspiration.
A Pilgrimage is the journey the pilgrim makes.
Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty.
Final pilgrimage to Yankee Stadium.
The Pilgrimage series is designed to foster spiritual growth in a group setting.
'Sundays in America' Traces Yearlong Pilgrimage .
The multi-unit deal was signed with Pilgrimage Development LLC, a Maryland-based investment and retail development group.
EL PASO — Organizers for this year's annual pilgrimage to the top of Mt Cristo Rey will be asking for attendees to donate $1 to help offset the cost of security and medical services being provided by the City of Sunland Park.

In science:

The pilgrimage started when in September and October of 1988, Serre sent me one after another four long letters briefly saying that “In your 1957 paper you suggested that the Galois group of F n should be calculated. I can now prove that for t = 1 it is PSL(2, p).
Galois theory on the line in nonzero characteristic