Origin of inviolateMiddle English from Classical Latin inviolatus: see in- and violate
The definition of inviolate is something secure or unbroken.
An example of inviolate is an ancient holy place that remains unspoiled by human occupation.
Not violated or profaned; intact: “The great inviolate place had an ancient permanence which the sea cannot claim” ( Thomas Hardy )
Origin of inviolateMiddle English from Latin inviolātus in- not ; see in- 1. violātus past participle of violāre to violate ; see violate .
- in·vi′o·la·cy in·vi′o·late·ness
(comparative more inviolate, superlative most inviolate)
From Latin inviolatus.
- Inviolate, from "health, well-being," or from "good-omen," "augury."
- James Thomson (" B.V.") speaks " of the restful rapture of the inviolate grave," and sings the praises of death and of oblivion.
- The loyalty of the Prussian army remained inviolate; but the king was too tender-hearted to use military force against his "beloved Berliners," and when the victory of the populace was thus assured his impressionable temper yielded to the general enthusiasm.
- Lighted tapers are also placed in the hands of the newly-baptized, or of their god-parents, with the admonition " to preserve their baptism inviolate, so that they may go to meet the Lord when he comes to the wedding."