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adytum

[ad-i-tuh m]
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noun, plural ad·y·ta [ad-i-tuh] /ˈæd ɪ tə/.
  1. (in ancient worship) a sacred place that the public was forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
  2. the most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.

Origin of adytum

1665–75; < Latin < Greek ádyton (place) not to be entered, equivalent to a- a-6 + -dyton, neuter of -dytos, verbid of dýein to enter
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Examples from the Web for adyta

Historical Examples

  • What wonderful things they have heard from the adyta themselves!

    Arguments Of Celsus, Porphyry, And The Emperor Julian, Against The Christians

    Thomas Taylor


British Dictionary definitions for adyta

adytum

noun plural -ta (-tə)
  1. the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited

Word Origin

C17: Latin, from Greek aduton a place not to be entered, from a- 1 + duein to enter
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