One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A place of worship; specifically (in a non-Christian context) one used by the indigenous peoples of Central and South America.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Maurice Keating (d. 1835), army officer and writer. From Spanish adoratorio pagan temple from post-classical Latin adoratorium place of worship, (pagan) temple from adorator worshipper (late 2nd or early 3rd cent. in Tertullian; from classical Latin adōrāt-, past participial stem of adōrāre + -or) + classical Latin -ium; compare -ory. Compare earlier oratory<br>mid 17th century; earliest use found in Samuel Fisher (bap. 1604, d. 1665), Quaker preacher and writer. From post-classical Latin adoratorius from classical Latin adōrāt-, past participial stem of adōrāre + -ōrius; compare post-classical Latin adoratorium.
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