Definition of sanctity in English:

sanctity

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Pronunciation: /ˈsaŋ(k)tɪti
 
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noun (plural sanctities)

[mass noun]
1The state or quality of being holy, sacred, or saintly: the site of the tomb was a place of sanctity for the ancient Egyptians
More 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.
Synonyms
2Ultimate importance and inviolability: the sanctity of human life
More 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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'saintliness'): from Old French sainctite, reinforced by Latin sanctitas, from sanctus 'holy'.

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