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From Latin adytum, from Ancient Greek ἄδυτον (áduton, shrine), neuter substantive form of ἄδυτος (ádutos, not to be entered).


adytum (plural adytums or adyta)

  1. The innermost sanctuary or shrine in ancient temples, whence oracles were given.
  2. (by extension) A private chamber; a sanctum.


Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.



Etymology 1[edit]

From the Ancient Greek ἄδῠτον (áduton, innermost sanctuary”, “shrine), a substantivisation of the neuter forms of the adjective ἄδῠτος (ádutos, not to be entered).

Alternative forms[edit]

  • adytus (masculine fourth-declension collateral form)


adytum n (genitive adytī); second declension

  1. (literally) shrine, Holy of Holies (the innermost or most secret part of a temple or other sacred place; the sanctuary, which none but priests could enter, and from which oracles were delivered)
  2. (more generally) a secret place or chamber
  3. (transferred sense, of the dead) a grave, tomb, or mausoleum
    ab imīs adytīs
    from the innermost chambers [of a tomb]
  4. (figuratively) the inmost recesses
    ex adytō tamquam cordis respōnsa dēdere
    to yield answers as if from the inmost recesses of the soul

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative adytum adyta
genitive adytī adytōrum
dative adytō adytīs
accusative adytum adyta
ablative adytō adytīs
vocative adytum adyta


  • ădytum” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
  • ădy̆tum” on page 69/3 of Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français (1934)

Etymology 2[edit]

See adytus.


adytum m

  1. accusative singular of adytus