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A modern dictionary of 5,679 Catholic terms (including abbreviations), both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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HACELDAMA

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The name given to the potter's field purchased with the thirty pieces of silver that Judas received for betraying Christ. It was used as a burial place for strangers (Matthew 27:3-10). (Etym. Greek akeldamach, Aramaic hakel dema, field of blood.)