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sanctum sanc•torum  (sangk tôrəm, -tōr-),USA pronunciation 
  • Judaismthe holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
  • sanctum (def. 2).
    • Latin sānctum sānctōrum, translation of Hebrew qōdhesh haqqodhāshīm holy of holies
    • Middle English 1350–1400

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    sanctum sanctorum /sæŋkˈtɔːrəm/ n
    1. another term for the holy of holies
    2. often facetious an especially private place
    Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm

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