in·​vi·​o·​late | \ (ˌ)in-ˈvī-ə-lət \

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.

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Churches are tax exempt just like nonprofits, and in the church of the NRA, the gun is an idol, inviolate in the sanctuary of American myth. Elliott Woods, The New Republic, "Essential reporting, interpretation, and opinion on politics and culture. Don't miss our latest.," 16 Apr. 2018 But the logic of what this administration is doing remains inviolate. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Update on Scott Pruitt's EPA: Still Crooked," 25 Sep. 2017 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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The first known use of inviolate was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of inviolate

formal : not harmed or changed

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