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Word of the Day – Adytum

By March 28, 2023Word of the Day

Adytum (noun)

a-dit-um

(in ancient worship) a sacred place that the public was forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.

1665–75; Latin

Example sentences

“The adytum was sealed so we knelt at the door.”

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