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sanctum sanctorum

[sangk-tawr-uh m, -tohr-] /sæŋkˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
the holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
sanctum (def 2).
Origin of sanctum sanctorum
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin sānctum sānctōrum, translation of Hebrew qōdhesh haqqodhāshīm holy of holies Unabridged
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sanctum sanctorum

(Bible) another term for the holy of holies
(often facetious) an especially private place
Word Origin
C14: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm
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sanctum sanctorum [(sangk-tuhm sangk-tawr-uhm)]

Latin for “holy of holies.” The place in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. By extension, a sacred and private place.

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