sanctum sanctorum

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin sanctum sanctōrum, translating Hebrew קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים (Qṓḏeš HaqQŏḏāšîm).

Noun[edit]

sanctum sanctorum (uncountable)

  1. The Holy of Holies in the Jewish temple.
  2. A person's most private retreat or sanctuary.
    • 1864, Charlotte Bronte, The Professor:
      Mdlle Reuter turned her eye laterally on me, to ascertain, probably, whether I was collected enough to be ushered into her sanctum sanctorum.

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Latin[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Literal translation of Hebrew קֹדֶשׁ הַקֳּדָשִׁים (Qṓḏeš HaqQŏḏāšîm)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈsank.ta.sankˈto.rum/, [ˈsaŋk.ta.saŋkˈtɔː.rum], [ˈsaŋk.ta.saŋkˈtoː.rum]

Noun[edit]

sānctum sānctōrum n (second declension)

  1. Holy of Holies; holiest place

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