noun, plural sanctities.
holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
a sacred thing.

1350–1400; < Latin sānctitās holiness, equivalent to sānct- (see Sanctus) + -itās -ity; replacing Middle English sauntite < Anglo-French < Latin, as above

nonsanctity, noun, plural nonsanctities.
unsanctity, noun, plural unsanctities. Unabridged
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sanctity (ˈsæŋktɪtɪ)
n , pl -ties
1.  the condition of being sanctified; holiness
2.  anything regarded as sanctified or holy
3.  the condition of being inviolable; sacredness: the sanctity of marriage
[C14: from Old French saincteté, from Latin sanctitās, from sanctus holy]

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c.1394, from O.Fr. sanctité, from L. sanctitatem (nom. sanctitas) "holiness, sacredness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint).
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see odor of sanctity.

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