adytum definition

  • noun:
    • The sanctum in an old temple.
    • The innermost sanctuary or shrine in old temples, whence oracles got.
    • an exclusive chamber; a sanctum.
    • The innermost sanctuary or shrine in old temples, whence oracles got. Hence: a personal chamber; a sanctum.
    • In ancient worship, a sacred spot that the worshipers may well not enter, or which can be registered only by those that had performed particular rites, or only by men or by females, or only on specific appointed days, etc.; additionally, a secret sanctuary or shrine open only to the priests, or whence oracles had been delivered; therefore, overall, many sacred or reserved section of any place of worship.
    • Figuratively, the innermost or least accessible section of any such thing; what is screened from common view; concealed recess; occult sense.

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