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Saturday, December 10, 2011

adytum

\ad-i-tuhm\ , noun;
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.
Quotes:
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:
Adytum is from the Greek roots a- meaning “not” and -dyton meaning “to enter.”
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