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Examples of sacrosanct in a Sentence
the government's most sacrosanct institutions
The tradition is regarded as sacrosanct.
Recent Examples of sacrosanct from the Web
But even with Bannon back in power, his juice may be unlikely to move the needle on the most sacrosanct of Republican legislative topics: asking mega-rich people to pay even a penny more in taxes.
The Constitution was written during a time when honor was sacred and the definition of patriotism was universally accepted and sacrosanct.
But the Fed fails to recognize that favorable supply-side forces can keep inflation below its sacrosanct 2% target: forces such as increased...
Trump pointedly refused to reaffirm U.S. commitment to NATO's sacrosanct Article Five mutual-defense guarantee at the big Brussels summit last month, only to reaffirm it later, in a stateside venue with no European defense chiefs present.
That’s because the profit-margin targets that have been sacrosanct increasingly look like handcuffs.
But the open bidding process for the draft has proven that nothing is sacrosanct.
There’s also the powerful argument that the cut would benefit that most sacrosanct example for American politicians, small business, as many of these craft distilleries are mom-and-pop-like start-ups.
An impasse among Oklahoma lawmakers over how to fix the state’s worst budget problem in decades has sent the legislature spiraling into chaos and focused blame on the usually sacrosanct oil and natural gas industry for not paying more taxes.
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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: 1601See Words from the same year
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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