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sanctum

Noun

1 a place of inviolable privacy; "he withdrew to his sanctum sanctorum, where the children could never go" [syn: sanctum sanctorum]
2 a sacred place of pilgrimage [syn: holy place, holy] [also: sancta (pl)]

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Etymology

Latin sanctum, 'holy place'

Noun

  1. A place set apart, as with a sanctum sanctorum; a private retreat or workroom.
    1848 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." Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre'', Chapter 17.

Extensive Definition

A sanctum is a holy site.
Other uses of the term include:

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

adytum, ashram, cabinet, cell, cloister, closet, den, hermitage, hideaway, hideout, hiding place, holy of holies, holy place, ivory tower, lair, mew, privacy, recess, retreat, sacrarium, sanctuary, sanctum sanctorum, secret place, shrine, study
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