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plural noun
  1. the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing.
  2. the most private or secret things.
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Origin of penetralia

1660–70; < Latin, noun use of neuter plural of penetrālis inner, equivalent to penetr(āre) to penetrate + -ālis -al1
Related formspen·e·tra·li·an, adjective
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Related Words for penetralia

seclusion, isolation, solitude, quiet, sequestration, aloofness, retirement, separation, separateness, concealment, retreat, confidentiality, penetralia, heart, cranny, hollow, dent, cubicle, depression, slot

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Historical Examples of penetralia

  • Come, Clara; I want to explore the penetralia of this temple of Isis.'

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Mr. Jonson then took me into the penetralia of his bed-room.

    Pelham, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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!

  • Granny Marrable was looking for something, in the penetralia of the model.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan

British Dictionary definitions for penetralia


pl n
  1. the innermost parts
  2. secret matters
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Derived Formspenetralian, adjective

Word Origin for penetralia

C17: from Latin, from penetrālis inner, from penetrāre to penetrate
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