sanctity

noun sanc·ti·ty \ ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-tē \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of sanctity

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

Examples of sanctity in a Sentence

  1. the sanctity of the elderly nun shone through in her every word and gesture

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Origin and Etymology of sanctity

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

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SANCTITY Defined for English Language Learners

sanctity

noun

Definition of sanctity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being holy, very important, or valuable



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