in·​vi·​o·​late | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvī-ə-lət How to pronounce inviolate (audio) \

Definition of inviolate

: not violated or profaned especially : pure

Other Words from inviolate

inviolately adverb
inviolateness noun

Examples of inviolate in a Sentence

These rights must remain inviolate.
Recent Examples on the Web And whereas individual therapy must take place in an inviolate private sphere, the couples version comes with elements of exposure and artifice built in. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 10 June 2022 The daily and seasonal rhythms of bright and dark remained largely inviolate throughout all of evolutionary time—a 4-billion-year streak that began to falter in the 19th century. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 June 2022 Still more thought the love shown in the work of making a home was one of the few activities capitalism hadn’t tainted and should stand inviolate. Joanna Biggs, The New Republic, 11 Feb. 2022 And determining whether human lifetimes have an inviolate maximum might offer clues to understanding aging, as well as aiding research on prolonging life. Tom Siegfried, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Jan. 2022 One inviolate rule is that everyone who enters must be weighed. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 3 Nov. 2021 Hence, the nation to them is not all holy, a thing inviolate and inviolable, a thing that a man dare not sell or dishonour on pain of eternal perdition. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 7 Sep. 2020 But the sensibility Sepp grew up with—that certain places in the forest must be kept sacred and inviolate—is no longer quite so universal. Saul Elbein, National Geographic, 24 Aug. 2020 Selleck, in a phone interview, said that the weekly scene was inviolate to Mr. Goldberg, and that Mr. Goldberg had fought the network to retain it., 13 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of inviolate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Inviolate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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