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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.
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.