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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Definitions for adytum

  1. A sacred place that the public is forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
  2. The most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.

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Citations for adytum
The girls stood in old-fashioned awe of the presence of betrothed lovers, and the schoolroom, by tacit consent, was treated as an adytum into which no third person would venture to penetrate. Bertha Thomas, “Cressida,” London Society, Vol. 33, March 1878
And they, Père Silas and Modeste Maria Beck (that these two wrought in concert I could not doubt) opened up the adytum of his heart... Charlotte Brontë, Villette
Origin of adytum
Adytum is from the Greek roots a- meaning “not” and -dyton meaning “to enter.”