A secret chamber or place of retirement in the ancient temples, and esteemed the most sacred spot; the innermost sanctuary or shrine

Catholic Encyclopedia. . 2006.

     Catholic_Encyclopedia Adytum
    (From adyton; sc. a privative + dyo=enter).
    A secret chamber or place of retirement in the ancient temples, and esteemed the most sacred spot; the innermost sanctuary or shrine. None but the officiating priests were permitted to enter. From this place the oracles were given. The Holy of Holies, or Sanctum Sanctorum, of the temple of Solomon was of the nature of the pagan adytum; none but the High Priest being admitted into it, and he but once a year. Among the Egyptians the secos was the same thing, and is described by Strabo. A well-preserved adytum that has come to our knowledge is in the little temple in Pompeii; it is raised some steps above the level of the temple itself, and is without light. In Christian architecture it sometimes signifies the chancel, or altar end of a church. (See CHANCEL.)

The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume VIII. — New York: Robert Appleton Company. . 1910.

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  • ADYTUM — templi apud Gentiles locus, quem adire non licet: τὸ ἀπ´χρυφον μέρος τȏυ ἱεροῦ. Item Βέτης seu Βαίτης Graecis. Caesar de Bello Civ. l. 3. c. 105. Pergami in occultis et remotis templi, quo praeter Sacerdotes adire fas non est, quae Graece ἄδυτα… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Adytum — Ad y*tum, n. {Adyta}. [L., fr. Gr. ?, n., fr. ?, a., not to be entered; a priv. + ? to enter.] The innermost sanctuary or shrine in ancient temples, whence oracles were given. Hence: A private chamber; a sanctum. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • adytum — [ad′i təm] n. pl. adyta [ad′itə] [L < Gr adyton, neut. of adytos, not to be entered < a , not + dyein, to enter] 1. the innermost room or shrine in certain old temples, to be entered only by priests 2. a sanctum …   English World dictionary

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  • adytum — (a di tom ) s. m. Terme d antiquité. Chambre particulière ou secrète dans un temple. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Adytum ; le terme grec est dérivé de deux mots signifiant privatif et je pénètre …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • adytum — noun (plural adyta) Etymology: Latin, from Greek adyton, neuter of adytos not to be entered, from a + dyein to enter Date: 1611 the innermost sanctuary in an ancient temple open only to priests ; sanctum …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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