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adytum Syllabification: ad·y·tum
Pronunciation: /ˈadədəm/

Definition of adytum in English:

noun (plural adyta-tə)

The innermost sanctuary of an ancient Greek temple.
Example sentences
  • In the adytum was generally to be found a tomb or sacred images.
  • The most famous adytum in Greece was in the temple of Apollo at Delphi.
  • They were descending the tapestries of the oratory walls or scuttling beneath the arrases that screened off the adyta behind the idol.


Latin, from Greek aduton, neuter singular of adutos 'impenetrable', from a- 'not' + duein 'enter'.

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