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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n penetralia the innermost parts
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Penetralia Hidden things or secrets; privacy; sanctuary; as, the sacred penetralia of the home.
    • Penetralia The recesses, or innermost parts, of any thing or place, especially of a temple or palace.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • penetralia The interior parts of anything; specifically, the inner parts of a building, as a temple or palace; hence, a sanctuary, especially the sanctuary of the Penates.
    • penetralia Hidden things; secrets.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. penetralis, penetrating, internal. See Penetrate


In literature:

Truth to say, there were penetralia in New York society concerning which this successful woman was uneasy in her heart.
"A Little Journey in the World" by Charles Dudley Warner
But they were unable to reach the penetralia of her heart.
"After the Storm" by T. S. Arthur
Mr. Jonson then took me into the penetralia of his bed-room.
"Pelham, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Again and again he flashes light into the darkest penetralia of the human soul.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
Their name was from the words denoting the interior of the mansion (Penetralia, Penitus).
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
This was the penetralia, which, I suppose, from the first syllable, was got up especially for authors.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
He would find her again, for she had fixed herself in the inner-penetralia of his being.
"Caravans By Night" by Harry Hervey
Yet at such an hour it will now be necessary to enter its penetralia.
"Auriol" by W. Harrison Ainsworth
It gravis hic, et in alta ferox penetralia tendit.
"The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume II (of 2)" by Richard Crashaw
From beyond these, from the penetralia of kitchen and pantry, came faint indications of plenty and the spit.
"Starvecrow Farm" by Stanley J. Weyman