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Examples of sacrosanct in a sentence
the government's most sacrosanct institutions
The tradition is regarded as sacrosanct.
Did You Know?
That which is sacrosanct is doubly sacred: the two Latin components underlying the word, "sacro" and "sanctus," were combined long ago to form a phrase meaning "hallowed by a sacred rite." Sacro means "by a sacred rite" and comes from "sacrum," a Latin noun that lives on in English anatomy as the name for our pelvic vertebrae-a shortening of "os sacrum," which literally means "holy bone." Sanctus means "sacred" and gave us "saint" and obvious words like "sanctimony," "sanctify," and "sanctuary."
Origin and Etymology of sacrosanct
Latin sacrosanctus, probably from sacro sanctus hallowed by a sacred rite
First Known Use: 1601
SACROSANCT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sacrosanct for English Language Learners
: too important and respected to be changed, criticized, etc.
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