sanc·​ti·​ty | \ ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-tē How to pronounce sanctity (audio) \
plural sanctities

Definition of sanctity

1 : holiness of life and character : godliness
2a : the quality or state of being holy or sacred : inviolability
b sanctities plural : sacred objects, obligations, or rights

Examples of sanctity in a Sentence

the sanctity of the elderly nun shone through in her every word and gesture
Recent Examples on the Web Yet corporations separate this reality from the false sanctity of predictive analytics, discounting any gut feel or instinct provided by those who have experience and the capability to see through the walls of the future. Mohan Nair, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 By affirming the right to vote and the sanctity of our elections, the Senate can give everyone a voice in that debate. Jaime Harrison, CNN, 10 Jan. 2022 The promise is at risk, targeted by the forces that value brute strength over the sanctity of democracy, fear over hope, personal gain over public good. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 But Judaism, Catholicism and Islam resisted it, because of views about the sanctity of body and spirit in death. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 There was something absurd in the spectacle of conservative politicians who have never shown any interest in supporting women’s sports, which are chronically underfunded and underexposed, moralizing about the sanctity of collegiate women’s swimming. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2022 Justice MacDonald declared, The sanctity of Alta’s life is not, within the context of the secular laws that this court must apply, absolute. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 9 Aug. 2021 The sanctity of free elections and America's two-and-a-half century old experiment with democratic self-government is one thing. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 20 May 2021 Their characters risk destroying the sanctity of universes beyond their own. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of sanctity

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sanctity

Middle English saunctite, from Anglo-French sainteté, from Latin sanctitat-, sanctitas, from sanctus sacred

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“Sanctity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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