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[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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • I must find him: I must continue my lessons: I must lead him into the adytum of Wisdom.

    The Last Days of Pompeii

    Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

  • Two of the biggest, sir, stood in the adytum to form the baldachin over the Ark.

  • The adytum itself consists of three apartments, entirely of granite.

  • Behind the adytum are small rooms for the priests who served in the temple.

  • Adytum, ad′i-tum, n. the most sacred part of a heathen temple: the chancel of a church:—pl.

British Dictionary definitions for adytum


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

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