a sacred or holy place.
an inviolably private place or retreat.
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How to use sanctum in a sentence
Hundreds of protein messengers need to enter into the nuclear sanctum to transcribe DNA instructions into mRNA and shuttle it back to the cell’s protein-making factories.In Its Greatest Biology Feat Yet, AI Unlocks the Complex Proteins Guarding Our DNA | Shelly Fan | June 14, 2022 | Singularity Hub
Since then, many pop producers have swiped aspects of his technological innovations, while Blake in turn entered pop music’s inner sanctum, working with Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and many others.73 Great Things We Read, Listened to or Watched This Year | TIME Staff | December 27, 2021 | Time
The ripple effects of this unconstitutional law extend beyond Texas courthouses and into the sanctums of our most sacred relationships.I Can't Do My Job as a Pastor With Abortion Laws Like Texas' S.B. 8 in Place | Lauren Jones Mayfield | September 20, 2021 | Time
Others worry responsible elections officials will be intimidated out of their jobs and replaced by partisan crusaders, who may believe they have to kick in the doors of the sanctum to protect it.
As his gained popularity, he joked that he found himself one of the few men invited into the inner sanctum of women’s book clubs.Eric Jerome Dickey, best-selling African American novelist, dies at 59 | Emily Langer | January 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Yet as recent work suggests, invaders have found all sorts of ways into the inner sanctum.Scientists Find Bacteria Where It Isn’t Supposed to Be: The Brain | Amanda Schaffer | March 17, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
In other words, Eric, supposedly a financial master of the universe, is cut off from reality in his inner sanctum on wheels.The Crush for Cronenberg’s Cannes Competition Entry, ‘Cosmopolis’ | Richard Porton | May 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if Hoover could bug the innermost sanctum of the Supreme Court, nothing was sacred for the FBI.J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI’s War on Americans’ Civil Liberties | Ben Jacobs | February 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is, to Obama, a milquetoastian core, one that needs perpetual strengthening by an inner-sanctum bruiser.
Inside this inner sanctum was yet another black door, another secret chamber: the VIP of VIPs.
Her chamber was her retreat and sanctum, and she had lavished much taste and time in fitting it up.Alone | Marion Harland
At the appointed time she passed through the iron doors of the sanctum Regnum.Devil-Worship in France | Arthur Edward Waite
"I have yet other motives in presenting myself to-day, in this, your sanctum," stated Mr. Van Nicht.Those Times And These | Irvin S. Cobb
He made his way back to the doctor's sanctum, and found that gentleman awaiting him impatiently.The Daffodil Mystery | Edgar Wallace
To enter the little Cafe in the cul-de-sac Le Febvre was, at the period of our tale, to enter the sanctum of a man of genius.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
British Dictionary definitions for sanctum
a sacred or holy place
a room or place of total privacy or inviolability
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