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ad·y·tum

 (ăd′ĭ-təm)
n. pl. ad·y·ta (-tə)
The innermost sanctum of a temple, as in ancient Greece.

[Latin, from Greek aduton, from adutos, not to be entered : a-, not; see a-1 + duein, to enter.]

adytum

(ˈædɪtəm)
n, pl -ta (-tə)
(Historical Terms) the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited
[C17: Latin, from Greek aduton a place not to be entered, from a-1 + duein to enter]

ad•y•tum

(ˈæd ɪ təm)

n., pl. -ta (-tə).
(in an ancient temple) a sacred inner place that the public was forbidden to enter; inner shrine.
[1665–75; < Latin < Greek ádyton (place) not to be entered]
References in classic literature ?
But the additional screen this mutual reserve erected between us only brought me more completely under her power: no matter how empty the adytum, so that the veil be thick enough.
El dato encaja con el tamano reducido del templo que habia albergado la imagen de Serapis (denominado en las fuentes con diferentes terminos: aedes, adytum / [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], templum,.
The mosque's adytum (Mehrab) has been excavated in the stone and its height is about 1 meter.
It is the underlying philosophy and framework for magical societies such as the Golden Dawn, Thelemic orders, mystical-religious societies such as the Builders of the Adytum and the Fellowship of the Rosy Cross, and is a precursor to the Neopagan, Wiccan and New Age movements.
Nihan attaches particular weight to the cloud formed by Aaron's incense at his entrance of the adytum (Lev 16:12-13), in a sense a manifestation of the divine cloud appearing above the Holy of Holies (v.