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[sangk-ti-tee] /ˈsæŋk tɪ ti/
noun, plural sanctities.
holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
sacred or hallowed character:
the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
a sacred thing.
Origin of sanctity
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. Unabridged
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  • Consequently some localities kept their reputation of sanctity.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • The sanctity of human life is the canting cry of the falsely sentimental.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • They turn faith into pietism, sanctity into morality, and righteousness into a reeking prurience.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.

    Essays, Second Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • All white flowers were regarded as typifying her purity and sanctity, and were consecrated to her festivals.

British Dictionary definitions for sanctity


noun (pl) -ties
the condition of being sanctified; holiness
anything regarded as sanctified or holy
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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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