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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ad-i-tuh m]
    • /ˈæd ɪ təm/
    • /ə.δeɪ.təm/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ad-i-tuh m]
    • /ˈæd ɪ təm/

Definitions of adytum word

  • noun adytum the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited 3
  • noun adytum the innermost room or shrine in certain old temples, to be entered only by priests 3
  • noun adytum a sanctum 3
  • noun plural adytum (in ancient worship) a sacred place that the public was forbidden to enter; an inner shrine. 1
  • noun plural adytum the most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship. 1
  • noun adytum The innermost sanctuary of an ancient Greek temple. 1

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Origin of adytum

First appearance:

before 1665
One of the 47% oldest English words
1665-75; < Latin < Greek ádyton (place) not to be entered, equivalent to a- a-6 + -dyton, neuter of -dytos, verbid of dýein to enter

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Parts of speech for Adytum


adytum popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 66% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

adytum usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adytum

noun adytum

  • sanctuary — a sacred or holy place.
  • hideaway — a place to which a person can retreat for safety, privacy, relaxation, or seclusion; refuge: His hideaway is in the mountains.
  • shelter — something beneath, behind, or within which a person, animal, or thing is protected from storms, missiles, adverse conditions, etc.; refuge.
  • resort — to have recourse for use, help, or accomplishing something, often as a final available option or resource: to resort to war.
  • haven — a harbor or port.

Antonyms for adytum

noun adytum

  • coming — A coming event or time is an event or time that will happen soon.
  • advance — To advance means to move forward, often in order to attack someone.
  • arrival — When a person or vehicle arrives at a place, you can refer to their arrival.

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