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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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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.
It is a very ancient adytum that there are millions of Zikries who are living in Pakistan.
3) and Adytum series in the new, precise style that he would spend the rest of his life refining.
Additionally, Katherine enjoys hosting international guests at Adytum Sanctuary, their Western Washington Pacific Northwest Retreat.
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The mosque's adytum (Mehrab) has been excavated in the stone and its height is about 1 meter.
'Adytum is the Latin translation of the Greek adyton, the inner forbidden sanctum of a temple.