potter's field

noun (sometimes initial capital letters)
a piece of ground reserved as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor. Matt. 27:7.


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potter's field
1.  (US) a cemetery where the poor or unidentified are buried at the public expense
2.  New Testament the land bought by the Sanhedrin with the money paid for the betrayal of Jesus (which Judas had returned to them) to be used as a burial place for strangers and the friendless poor (Acts 1:19; Matthew 27:7)

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Example sentences
In the case of a potter's field, the court may mandate that the proceeds be used for charitable purposes.
His body was exhumed and buried in a potter's field.
He said that persons were now being buried five and six in a grave in the potter's field.
It was the merest accident that he didn't go to the potter's field.
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