adytum

[ ad-i-tuh m ]
/ ˈæd ɪ təm /

noun, plural ad·y·ta [ad-i-tuh] /ˈæd ɪ tə/.

(in ancient worship) a sacred place that the public was forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
the most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.

Nearby words

  1. adwoman,
  2. adygei,
  3. adygei republic,
  4. adynamia,
  5. adynamic ileus,
  6. adz,
  7. adze,
  8. adzhar autonomous republic,
  9. adzhar autonomous soviet socialist republic,
  10. adzharistan

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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British Dictionary definitions for adytum

adytum

/ (ˈædɪtəm) /

noun plural -ta (-tə)

the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited

Word Origin for adytum

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

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