sanctum sanctorum


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sanctum sanc·to·rum

 (săngk-tôr′əm)
n.
1. Judaism The innermost shrine of a tabernacle and temple; the holy of holies.
2. An inviolably private place: The clubhouse was their sanctum sanctorum.

[Late Latin sānctum sānctōrum (translation of Greek to hagion tōn hagiōn, translation of Hebrew qōdeš haqqodāšîm) : sānctum, holy place + sānctōrum, genitive pl. of sānctum, holy place.]
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sanctum sanctorum

(sæŋkˈtɔːrəm)
n
1. (Judaism) Bible another term for the holy of holies
2. often facetious an especially private place
[C14: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm]
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sanc′tum sanc•to′rum

(sæŋkˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr-)
n.
1. the holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin]
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sanctum sanctorum

1. the holy of holies; a place of great holiness.
2. a most private place.
See also: Places
the holy of holies; a place of great holiness.
See also: Sacredness
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sanctum sanctorum

A Latin phrase meaning holy of holies, used to mean a place regarded as private or sacred.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sanctum sanctorum - a place of inviolable privacysanctum sanctorum - 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 sanctorum - (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
sanctuary - a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
Tabernacle - (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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I enter a swamp as a sacred place,-- a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature.
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.
Reuter turned her eye laterally on me, to ascertain, probably, whether I was collected enough to be ushered into her sanctum sanctorum. I suppose she judged me to be in a tolerable state of self-government, for she opened the door, and I followed her through.
The dry-room, this pantheon, this sanctum sanctorum of the tulip-fancier, was, as Delphi of old, interdicted to the profane uninitiated.
I saw the gate lock and locks of sanctum sanctorum opened.
A video that went viral on social media showed the crocodile crawl into the sanctum sanctorum and sat there till the forest department came in to rescue the reptile.
At Intelligence HQ at Tirpitz-Ufer, aghast briefings in the sanctum sanctorum of Canaris' office voiced what was hushed up outside.
Two women who entered Kerala's Sabarimala temple and sparked riots amid the closure of the sanctum sanctorum for purification rituals on Wednesday are now being protected by the police as violence spreads in the Indian state.
Long queues of devotees could be seen waiting to offer prayers inside the sanctum sanctorum. People braved the early morning chill to offer prayers at gurdwaras.
Speaking to the media, senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Valsan Thillenkeri from Kannur who was seen speaking on the megaphone standing near the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, said he had come as a pilgrim.
Even gold and silver have been extensively used in the sanctum sanctorum after melting temple offerings," Sharma added.