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sanctity

[sangk-ti-tee] /ˈsæŋk tɪ ti/
noun, plural sanctities.
1.
holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
2.
sacred or hallowed character:
the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
3.
a sacred thing.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; < Latin sānctitās holiness, equivalent to sānct- (see Sanctus) + -itās -ity; replacing Middle English sauntite < Anglo-French < Latin, as above
Related forms
nonsanctity, noun, plural nonsanctities.
unsanctity, noun, plural unsanctities.
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British Dictionary definitions for sanctity

sanctity

/ˈsæŋktɪtɪ/
noun (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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French saincteté, from Latin sanctitās, from sanctus holy
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Word Origin and History for sanctity
n.

late 14c., from Old French sanctete (Modern French sainteté), from Latin sanctitatem (nominative sanctitas) "holiness, sacredness," from sanctus "holy" (see saint (n.)).

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