- the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing.
- the most private or secret things.
Origin of penetralia
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Examples from the Web for penetralia
Come, Clara; I want to explore the penetralia of this temple of Isis.'Wilfrid Cumbermede
Mr. Jonson then took me into the penetralia of his bed-room.Pelham, Complete
Into what penetralia of reminiscence this auto-dialogue carried him!Dust of the Desert
Robert Welles Ritchie
But we profane not the penetralia where even Common-Councilmen fear to tread!Merrie England In The Olden Time, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Granny Marrable was looking for something, in the penetralia of the model.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
- the innermost parts
- secret matters
C17: from Latin, from penetrālis inner, from penetrāre to penetrate
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