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 This reaffirms the law’s belief in the sanctity of human life and ensures that deadly force is an option of last resort. Ronald Sullivan, The Conversation, 19 Nov. 2021 No one believes in the sanctity of life more than the men and women of the Fort Smith Police Department. Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 17 Oct. 2021 Sarandos doesn’t really care about them, or about protecting free-speech, or about the sanctity of the content on Netflix. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 18 Oct. 2021 The shock of this law going onto the statute books in Texas, even temporarily, should be a wake-up call to all Americans who still care about the sanctity of our Constitution. Keith Magee, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 Such splashy material clearly targeted middle-class or affluent (white) citizens anxious about the sanctity and security of their homes and families. Paul M. Renfro, The New Republic, 13 Aug. 2021 And yet the tone-deaf NCAA stood up and tried to paint Bauman's work as a threat to the sanctity of amateurism. Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 Apple's response to the subpoena doesn't necessarily contradict its stance on the sanctity of personal privacy, said Cindy Cohn, executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group. Michael Liedtke, ajc, 12 June 2021 The pandemic has taught us many lessons about the sanctity of life and family, not to mention the importance of work-life balance. Robert Glatter, Forbes, 18 May 2021

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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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25 Nov 2021

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“Sanctity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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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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