noun (plural sanctities)
- 1The state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly: the site of the tomb was a place of sanctity for the ancient EgyptiansMore example sentences
- He extolled the virtues of Aranda belief, and disdained the modern world that had replaced traditional sanctities.
- ‘What is going on in Najaf and the rest of the Iraqi cities is a violation of sanctities, an aggression on holy sites and shedding of innocent blood that could lead to a vicious civil war,’ he said.
- Among the very oldest sanctities are the human rites of compulsion.
- 1.1Ultimate importance and inviolability: the sanctity of human lifeMore example sentences
- The sanctity of human life has been sidelined as an irrelevance in the Republic as blindly as in any paramilitary murder in the North.
- The sanctity of human life is the closest thing our culture has to a basic value.
- But they all share the Chancellor's belief in the sanctity of work and importance of rewarding those who toil.
late Middle English (in the sense 'saintliness'): from Old French sainctite, reinforced by Latin sanctitas, from sanctus 'holy'.