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Saturday, November 10, 2001

sanctum

\SANK-tum\ , noun;
plural sanctums or sancta:
1.
A sacred place.
2.
A place of retreat where one is free from intrusion.
Quotes:
What's more, the babble of radios, televisions and raised voices from the other households in the condominium rarely penetrated this sanctum.
-- Tim Parks, Mimi's Ghost
Seymour has spent most of her research time in that sanctum of the professional biographer, the London Library.
-- John Mullan, "The agony and the ecstasy", The Guardian, December 23, 2000
Origin:
Sanctum comes from the Latin, meaning "holy, sacred, or inviolable."
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