sacrosanct

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adjective sac·ro·sanct \ˈsa-krō-ˌsaŋ(k)t\

Definition of sacrosanct

  1. 1 :  most sacred or holy :  inviolable

  2. 2 :  treated as if holy :  immune from criticism or violation <politically sacrosanct programs>

sacrosanctity

play \ˌsa-krō-ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-tē\ noun

Examples of sacrosanct in a sentence

  1. the government's most sacrosanct institutions

  2. 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

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SACROSANCT Defined for English Language Learners

sacrosanct

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adjective sac·ro·sanct \ˈsa-krō-ˌsaŋ(k)t\

Definition of sacrosanct for English Language Learners

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



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