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sanctum sanctorum

Line breaks: sanc|tum sanc|torum
Pronunciation: /saŋ(k)ˈtɔːrəm
 
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Definition of sanctum sanctorum in English:

noun (plural sancta sanctorum or sanctum sanctorums)

The holy of holies in the Jewish temple.
Example sentences
  • But there was no such ornament in the sanctum sanctorum, as appears by the silence of all the Jewish writers, and the direct testimony of Josephus, who affirms, in express words, that there is nothing at all in the sanctum sanctorum.

Origin

late Middle English: Latin sanctum (see sanctum) + sanctorum 'of holy places', translating Hebrew qōḏeš haqqŏḏāšīm 'holy of holies'.

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