sanctum sanctorum

sanc·​tum sanc·​to·​rum | \ ˌsaŋ(k)-təm-ˌsaŋ(k)-ˈtȯr-əm How to pronounce sanctum sanctorum (audio) \

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In the city of Pyongyang, the sanctum sanctorum of the Workers’ Party of Korea, there are changes afoot that would have vexed Stalin. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s Nuclear Summit and the Bid for History," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of sanctum sanctorum

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanctum sanctorum

Late Latin

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