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sanctum sanctorum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sanctum sanctorum (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
    • n sanctum sanctorum a place of inviolable privacy "he withdrew to his sanctum sanctorum, where the children could never go"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sanctum sanctorum the Holy of Holies: any specially reserved retreat or room
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sanctificāre, -ātumsanctus, sacred, facĕre, to make.

Usage

In literature:

Reuter turned her eye laterally on me, to ascertain, probably, whether I was collected enough to be ushered into her sanctum sanctorum.
"The Professor" by (AKA Charlotte Bronte) Currer Bell
The den of Cacus, or sanctum sanctorum, could not have hid me from you.
"The Adventures of Roderick Random" by Tobias Smollett
The sanctum sanctorum of the writer.
"Punchinello, Vol. II., No. 35, November 26, 1870" by Various
The sanctum sanctorum is 131 feet in length; over one of its eastern windows is the figure of an angel holding a scroll, dated 1283.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 12, Issue 343, November 29, 1828" by Various
To intrude into the sanctum sanctorum of the meat-safe?
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The gazelle will have soft fur, and the lion a shaggy hide, and the sanctum sanctorum is the student's cuticle.
"Around The Tea-Table" by T. De Witt Talmage
This, her sanctum sanctorum, was a roomy apartment with three windows, each shaded by white cotton curtains.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
Two men went up into the sanctum sanctorum of the Quill Drivers' Club to lunch.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 31, No. 1, May 1908" by Various
Did you ever return to the sanctum sanctorum, or holy of holies, of King Solomon's Temple?
"The Mysteries of Free Masonry" by William Morgan
If you are very quick, I can get you into my sanctum sanctorum.
"Polly" by L. T. Meade
She had therefore spared no expense in making this room a little sanctum-sanctorum, where youth would delight to dwell.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The grand parlor was the sanctum-sanctorum where the passion for cleaning was indulged without control.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8" by Charles H. Sylvester
But this was nothing to the task of entering the sanctum sanctorum.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
As the Jews have a Sanctum Sanctorum, so have all the Indian nations.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers
The Holy of Holies or Sanctum Sanctorum of the Temple at Jerusalem was of a similar character.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Monstrous vile heathen, that they should presume to approach the sanctum sanctorum!
"Reason, The Only Oracle of Man" by Ethan Allen
All around the inside of this sanctum sanctorum and along the extended sides sit those who are called to the dance.
"Villages of the Algonquian, Siouan, and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi" by David Ives Bushnell
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In news:

Greg Wagoner sat in the sanctum sanctorum of Wabash Valley.
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