sanctum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sānctum(that which is holy).

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

sanctum ‎(plural sanctums)

  1. A place set apart, as with a sanctum sanctorum; a sacred or private place; a private retreat or workroom.
    • 1848, Charlotte Bronte, chapter 17, in Jane Eyre:
      For myself, I had no need to make any change; I should not be called upon to quit my sanctum of the schoolroom; for a sanctum it was now become to me, – "a very pleasant refuge in time of trouble."
    • 2016 February 20, “Obituary: Antonin Scalia: Always right”, in The Economist[1]:
      His colleagues quailed when, in 1986, he first sat on the court as a brash 50-year-old whose experience had been mostly as a combative government lawyer: a justice who, in that sanctum of columns and deep judicial silence, was suddenly firing questions like grapeshot.

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

sānctum

  1. nominative neuter singular of sānctus
  2. accusative masculine singular of sānctus
  3. accusative neuter singular of sānctus
  4. vocative neuter singular of sānctus