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The innermost sanctuary of an ancient Greek temple.
holy place, temple, shrine, tabernacle, altar, sanctum, inner sanctum, holy of holies, sacrarium, bema, naos, adytumView synonyms
- ‘They were descending the tapestries of the oratory walls or scuttling beneath the arrases that screened off the adyta behind the idol.’
- ‘In the adytum was generally to be found a tomb or sacred images.’
- ‘The most famous adytum in Greece was in the temple of Apollo at Delphi.’
Latin, from Greek aduton, neuter singular of adutos impenetrable, from a- not + duein enter.
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