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

Definition of inviolate

: not violated or profaned especially : pure

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Other Words from inviolate

inviolately adverb
inviolateness noun

Examples of inviolate in a Sentence

These rights must remain inviolate.
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Is Nationalism Curative or Fatal?," 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, "Estonia’s ‘holy forests’ threatened by demand for biofuels," 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., "Leonard Goldberg, producer of hit TV shows, is dead at 85 - The Boston Globe," 13 Dec. 2019 For all its amplified sensuality, Renoir’s subject is hallowed, inviolate. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "More and more people loathe Renoir. Is it time for a revival?," 25 June 2019 Vividly monumental aggregates of cyclopean arches, inverted pyramids, louvered domes, layered patterns and saturated colors—this is not the rigidly principled modernism of Le Corbusier or the inviolate geometry of Louis Kahn. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "‘Architecture of Independence: African Modernism’ Review: Overlooked Riches at Eye Level," 22 Feb. 2017

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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 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of inviolate

formal : not harmed or changed

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