Definition of sanctum in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈsaŋ(k)təm

noun (plural sanctums)

  • 1A sacred place, especially a shrine within a temple or church: an icon installed within the sanctum of the temple
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    • The result is that many Smarta priests are entering the temple sanctums.
    • Harmful energy lines include water arteries, underground movements and ore and coal repositories, while ‘power zones’ occur predominately around old churches and pagan sanctums.
    • Its easier to work with technology these days than it is to find obscure herbs and ingredients, to get proper working tools for the old pagan religions, or to construct proper sanctums for ritual use.


late 16th century: from Latin, neuter of sanctus 'holy', from sancire 'consecrate'.

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