- 1. a sacred place, especially a shrine within a temple or church: "an icon installed within the sanctum of the temple" synonyms:
- 2. a private place from which most people are excluded: "he ushered her into his sanctum and gave her something to drink" synonyms:
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[sangk-tuh m] See more synonyms for sanctum on Thesaurus.com. noun, plural sanc·tums, sanc·ta [sangk-tuh] /ˈsæŋk tə/. a sacred or holy place. an inviolably private place or retreat.
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- Sanctum Sanctorum
sanctum - a sacred place of pilgrimage. holy, holy place. place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet".
Definition of 'sanctum'. sanctum. If you refer to someone's inner sanctum, you mean a room which is private and sometimes secret, where they can be quiet and alone. His bedroom's his inner sanctum. A sanctum is the holiest place inside a holy building such as a temple or mosque.
Recent Examples on the Web. The Hall of Fame acknowledges—on a plaque in its inner sanctum—that the Doubleday myth is untrue. — The Economist, "Baseball and ...
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If you refer to someone's inner sanctum, you mean a room which is private and sometimes secret, where they can be quiet and alone.
sanctum definition: noun pl. -·tums or -·ta 1. a sacred place 2. a study or private room where one is not to be disturbedOrigin of sanctumClassical Latin from neuter of sanctus, holy: see saint...
Definition of inner sanctum. somewhat formal. : a very private room or place. The new initiate was admitted to the club's inner sanctum.
Use of the term in modern languages. The Latin word sanctum may be used in English, following Latin, for "a holy place", or a sanctuary, as in the novel Jane Eyre (1848) which refers to "the sanctum of school room". Romance languages tend to use the form sancta sanctorum, treating it as masculine and singular.