sanctum


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sanc·tum

 (săngk′təm)
n. pl. sanc·tums or sanc·ta (-tə)
1. A sacred or holy place.
2. A private place where one is free from intrusion.

[Late Latin sānctum, from Latin, neuter of sānctus, sacred; see sanctify.]

sanctum

(ˈsæŋktəm)
n, pl -tums or -ta (-tə)
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a sacred or holy place
2. a room or place of total privacy or inviolability
[C16: from Latin, from sanctus holy]

sanc•tum

(ˈsæŋk təm)

n., pl. -tums, -ta (-tə).
1. a sacred or holy place.
2. an inviolably private place or retreat.
3. a sanctified custom, rite, etc.
[1570–80; n. use of neuter of Latin sānctus; see Sanctus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sanctum - a place of inviolable privacysanctum - a place of inviolable privacy; "he withdrew to his sanctum sanctorum, where the children could never go"
retreat - a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
2.sanctum - a sacred place of pilgrimagesanctum - a sacred place of pilgrimage  
place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"

sanctum

noun
1. refuge, retreat, den, hideaway, private room, hide-out His bedroom is his inner sanctum.
2. sanctuary, shrine, altar, holy place, Holy of Holies the inner sanctum of the mosque

sanctum

noun
A sacred or holy place:
Translations

sanctum

[ˈsæŋktəm] N (sanctums or sancta (pl)) → lugar m sagrado (fig) → sanctasanctórum m
see also inner A1

sanctum

n
(= holy place)heiliger Ort
(fig: = private place) → Allerheiligste(s) nt
References in classic literature ?
That is the time, after your Departure is taken, when the spirit of your commander communes with you in a muffled voice, as if from the sanctum sanctorum of a temple; because, call her a temple or a "hell afloat" - as some ships have been called - the captain's state-room is surely the august place in every vessel.
Now, had Tashtego perished in that head, it had been a very precious perishing; smothered in the very whitest and daintiest of fragrant spermaceti; coffined, hearsed, and tombed in the secret inner chamber and sanctum sanctorum of the whale.
My first pretext for invading the sanctum was to bring Arthur a little waddling puppy of which Sancho was the father, and which delighted the child beyond expression, and, consequently, could not fail to please his mamma.
To enter the little Cafe in the cul-de-sac Le Febvre was, at the period of our tale, to enter the sanctum of a man of genius.
With much pleasure, sir," Da Souza answered, throwing open with a little flourish the door of his sanctum.
He walked through, looking neither to the right nor the left, crossed the great library, with its curved roof, its floor of cedar wood, and its wonderful stained-glass windows, and entered a smaller room beyond--his absolute and impenetrable sanctum.
Returning, the boy beckoned him from halfway across the room and led him to the private office, the editorial sanctum.
Reuter turned her eye laterally on me, to ascertain, probably, whether I was collected enough to be ushered into her sanctum sanctorum.
Sometimes we saw him passing in lonely majesty to his inner sanctum, with his eyes staring vaguely and his mind hovering over the Balkans or the Persian Gulf.
Framed upon the wall of my sanctum I retain those magnificent headlines:--
The dry-room, this pantheon, this sanctum sanctorum of the tulip-fancier, was, as Delphi of old, interdicted to the profane uninitiated.
She took us up to her sanctum, and introduced us to her fellow dispenser, a rather awe-inspiring individual, whom Cynthia cheerily addressed as "Nibs.