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