sacrosanct

adjective
sac·​ro·​sanct | \ ˈsa-krō-ˌsaŋ(k)t How to pronounce sacrosanct (audio) \

Definition of sacrosanct

1 : most sacred or holy : inviolable
2 : treated as if holy : immune from criticism or violation politically sacrosanct programs

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Other Words from sacrosanct

sacrosanctity \ ˌsa-​krō-​ˈsaŋ(k)-​tə-​tē How to pronounce sacrosanctity (audio) \ noun

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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."

Examples of sacrosanct in a Sentence

the government's most sacrosanct institutions The tradition is regarded as sacrosanct.

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Another feminist, 60-year-old Maria MacLachlan, was beaten up by a transgender activist at Speakers’ Corner in London, where free speech is supposed to be sacrosanct. The Economist, "The global gag on free speech is tightening," 15 Aug. 2019 Pool photo by Chris Landsberger At the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, the rule is sacrosanct: Never publicly disclose client advice. Walt Bogdanich, New York Times, "McKinsey Advised Johnson & Johnson on Increasing Opioid Sales," 25 July 2019 The California Catholic Conference said the ‘seal of confession’ is one of the most sacrosanct of Catholic beliefs, and that penitents rely on this unbreakable guarantee to freely confess and seek reconciliation with God. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "Bill to require California priests to report confessions of child sex abuse on hold," 9 July 2019 Especially when there’s no sacrosanct source material to work from. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Carnival Row cast on bringing the fantasy world to life: 'It's so easy to get lost in'," 30 Aug. 2019 Since then, Section 230 has become sacrosanct in the eyes of Silicon Valley executives and free speech advocates. Matt Laslo, WIRED, "The Fight Over Section 230—and the Internet as We Know It," 13 Aug. 2019 Since his eye-catching protest during President Trump’s speech Tuesday in Jamestown, Samirah has moved on to rail against something even more sacrosanct in Richmond: the Virginia Way. Washington Post, "Meet the Virginia lawmaker who protested President Trump at Jamestown," 3 Aug. 2019 The measure that has qualified for next year’s ballot would not touch the residential half of Prop. 13, something that has been politically sacrosanct in California since the day the initiative passed. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Prop. 13 reform headed to California ballot could swamp counties," 6 July 2019 Wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves must be sacrosanct. Mayank Aggarwal, Quartz India, "Tigers in a southern reserve are victims of India’s aggressive push towards nuclear energy," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of sacrosanct

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sacrosanct

Latin sacrosanctus, probably from sacro sanctus hallowed by a sacred rite

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sacrosanct

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of sacrosanct

formal : too important and respected to be changed, criticized, etc.

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