Sanctity is the holiness or sacred state of something important.
An example of sanctity is the importance of marriage, or the “sanctity of marriage.”
sanctity definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. sanctities
- saintliness or holiness
- the fact of being sacred or inviolable
- anything held sacred
Origin: Classical Latin sanctitas ; from sanctus (see saint) plush -itas, -ity
sanctity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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noun pl. sanc·ti·ties
- Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness.
- The quality or condition of being considered sacred; inviolability.
- Something considered sacred.
Origin: Middle English saunctite, from Old French sainctite, from Latin sānctitās, from sānctus, sacred; see sanctify.
sanctity - Phrases/Idioms