sanc·ti·ty | \ˈsaŋ(k)-tə-tē \
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

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Examples of sanctity in a Sentence

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

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Mr Haidt divides political morality into pairs of opposing instincts: loyalty and betrayal, authority and subversion, liberty and oppression, sanctity and degradation, care and harm, fairness and cheating. The Economist, "The L wordWho is a Democrat?," 12 July 2018 That was some achievement for a discreet investigator dedicated to the sanctity of blind justice. The Economist, "Bitter attack on Trump by the FBI’s former director," 21 Apr. 2018 The first great lie is about the sanctity of the past. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 But the sanctity of the concert hall should be respected. David Patrick Stearns,, "Yannick slams his baton after pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt 'Tosca' performance," 19 May 2018 Perez was not having any of that and took it upon himself to protect the sanctity of Kobe’s Lakers legacy. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Lakers fan furiously gets LeBron's face off Kobe's Los Angeles mural with a shoe," 4 July 2018 Protect the sanctity of Ye Olde Baseball, while leading the San Francisco Giants back to relevance. Scott Ostler,, "Bumgarner’s back, bringing new life to Giants," 27 June 2018 More: Tony Awards: Andrew Garfield emphasizes 'sanctity of the human spirit' in powerful speech Mustering his composure, Lane continued. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Nathan Lane gets emotional in sweet Tony Awards speech thanking husband Devlin Elliott," 10 June 2018 The blockchain’s sanctity had been altered by fiat from above. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of sanctity

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

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