inner sanctum


somewhat formal
: a very private room or place
The new initiate was admitted to the club's inner sanctum.
often used figuratively
the inner sanctum of the CIA

Examples of inner sanctum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The king of Gonzo had gotten closer to the Angels’ inner sanctum than just about anyone else had, a feat that the new A&E docuseries Secrets of the Hells Angels (premiering Sunday) tries to replicate in a smaller, safer, and slicker way. Chris Vognar, Rolling Stone, 14 Apr. 2024 Dressed in a traditional kurta tunic, Modi led the consecration ceremony as Hindu priests chanted hymns and a 4.25-foot statue of Lord Ram was unveiled in the temple’s inner sanctum. Mithil Aggarwal, NBC News, 21 Jan. 2024 Some are historical — portraits of players and paeans to coaches — but the trend is for the current: limited series that promise to take viewers inside the inner sanctum, to show fans what the world inhabited by their heroes is really like. Rory Smith, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2024 At Carbon, she is quickly swept into the inner sanctum of a very specific type of power. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2024 Rabbis fashioned substitutes for holy requirements that could no longer be performed: prayers instead of animal sacrifices; arks for Torah scrolls instead of the Temple’s inner sanctum. Marc Tracy, New York Times, 14 Jan. 2024 The 5,000-year-old monument was constructed in such a way that sunlight only enters the inner sanctum on mornings around the winter solstice. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 21 Dec. 2023 Next door is the inner sanctum, the Founders’ Room, which is for exclusive use of ZZ’s founding members. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 Rizzo takes me into the laboratory’s inner sanctum, where the head tessitrici (weavers), clad in white lab coats, work the foundation’s traditional four-shaft looms. Sebastian Cabrices, Vogue, 14 Nov. 2023

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“Inner sanctum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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