- holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
- sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
- a sacred thing.
Origin of sanctity
Examples from the Web for sanctity
It was only much later that I began to question his sanctity, and then to hate what he stood for.How I Learned to Hate Robert E. Lee
June 22, 2014
As teenagers, we were taught about the sanctity of life with a graphic depiction of an aborted fetus.Hope and Change in the Vatican
January 4, 2014
Paeans to patrimony and to the sanctity of land are good at rallying the faithful not only for Jews, but also Arabs.Memo to Bibi Netanyahu: It’s Time to Build an Arsenal of Awe
December 2, 2013
De Blasio cited the sanctity of the vote and said he did not have to answer.The Wind Beneath de Blasio’s Wings
November 5, 2013
Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court today, but that sanctity remains untouched.Jewish Responses to the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Rulings
June 27, 2013
It seemed to me to have a sanctity just because it was traditional.The Conquest of Fear
Whatever the sanctity of her marriage, the law might fail her.Night and Morning, Complete
The sanctity of human life is the canting cry of the falsely sentimental.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
Here is sanctity which shames our religions, and reality which discredits our heroes.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Talk about faith, about honor, about justice, and the sanctity of contracts.
- the condition of being sanctified; holiness
- anything regarded as sanctified or holy
- the condition of being inviolable; sacrednessthe sanctity of marriage
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.)).
Idioms and Phrases with sanctity
see odor of sanctity.