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[sak-roh-sangkt] /ˈsæk roʊˌsæŋkt/
extremely sacred or inviolable:
a sacrosanct chamber in the temple.
not to be entered or trespassed upon:
She considered her home office sacrosanct.
above or beyond criticism, change, or interference:
a manuscript deemed sacrosanct.
Origin of sacrosanct
1595-1605; < Latin sacrō sānctus made holy by sacred rite. See sacred, saint
Related forms
sacrosanctity, sacrosanctness, noun
Can be confused
religious, sacrilegious, sacrosanct.
sacred, sacrosanct. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sacrosanct
  • However, economic growth still remains sacrosanct to mainstream economists.
  • Obligations to financial interests are sacrosanct in this country while obligations to teachers are infinitely negotiable.
  • Some of the missions tapped for possible, future drones are currently considered sacrosanct for human pilots.
  • But a public library is something ineffable and sacrosanct, a cornerstone of democracy.
  • There was nothing sacrosanct about the four-year election system.
  • Archaeopteryx's position has been so sacrosanct that its body had guided many of our ideas about the origins of birds.
  • In science, raw data is sacrosanct and always should be.
  • And they believe that property is sacrosanct, but that intellectual property is a myth.
  • No, that would have been infringing on a sacrosanct area.
  • Layoffs have occurred in the once sacrosanct newsroom.
British Dictionary definitions for sacrosanct


very sacred or holy; inviolable
Derived Forms
sacrosanctity, sacrosanctness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sacrōsanctus made holy by sacred rite, from sacrō by sacred rite, from sacer holy + sanctus, from sancīre to hallow
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Word Origin and History for sacrosanct

"superlatively sacred or inviolable," c.1600, from Latin sacrosanctus "protected by religious sanction, consecrated with religious ceremonies," from sacro, ablative of sacrum "religious sanction" (from neuter singular of sacer "sacred") + sanctus, past participle of sancire "make sacred" (for both, see sacred). Earlier in partially anglicized form sacro-seint (c.1500).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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