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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.]
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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]
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(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]
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And lighting upon the out-of-the-way works found in the adyta, written in Ammounean characters, which were not familiar to everyone, he worked everything out for himself.(17)
Alfred conjoins the two in his parallel phrase |be pam wisdome and be pare godes ansine.'(17) John speaks similarly when he describes how those who enter the inner sanctuaries of wisdom, which is Christ, thereby enter the profound darkness of God's own splendour: |Beati sunt, qui adyta intrant sapientiae, quae est Christus; qui accedunt in obscurissimas tenebras excellentissimae lucis.'(18)