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(sangk tôr′əm, -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
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm
- another term for the holy of holies
- often facetious an especially private place
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