Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

sanctity

play
noun sanc·ti·ty \ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-tē\

Simple Definition of sanctity

  • : the quality or state of being holy, very important, or valuable

Full Definition of sanctity

plural sanc·ti·ties

  1. 1 :  holiness of life and character :  godliness

  2. 2a :  the quality or state of being holy or sacred :  inviolabilityb plural :  sacred objects, obligations, or rights

Examples of sanctity

  1. <the sanctity of the elderly nun shone through in her every word and gesture>



Origin of sanctity

Middle English saunctite, from Anglo-French sainteté, from Latin sanctitat-, sanctitas, from sanctus sacred


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Christian Religious Terms



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up sanctity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 11, 2016

the holder of an office

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 196.5 pounds 100 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ