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sacrosanct

[sak-roh-sangkt]
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adjective
  1. extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple.
  2. not to be entered or trespassed upon: She considered her home office sacrosanct.
  3. above or beyond criticism, change, or interference: a manuscript deemed sacrosanct.
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Origin of sacrosanct

First recorded in 1595–1605, sacrosanct is from the Latin word sacrō sānctus made holy by sacred rite. See sacred, saint
Related formssac·ro·sanc·ti·ty, sac·ro·sanct·ness, noun
Can be confusedreligious sacrilegious sacrosanctsacred sacrosanct
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Historical Examples

  • It was then that I learned the sacrosanctity of private papers.

    The Belovd Vagabond

    William J. Locke

  • We confess ourselves unable to follow this transfer of the superstition of sacrosanctity from a king to a chamber.

  • But my boyish appreciation of the Bishop's mundane qualities was equaled by my faith in the sacrosanctity of his office.

  • He laughed at the reputation for sacrosanctity which the populace bestowed upon Sunario.

    The Hidden Force

    Louis Couperus


British Dictionary definitions for sacrosanctity

sacrosanct

adjective
  1. very sacred or holy; inviolable
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Derived Formssacrosanctity or sacrosanctness, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin sacrōsanctus made holy by sacred rite, from sacrō by sacred rite, from sacer holy + sanctus, from sancīre to hallow
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Word Origin and History for sacrosanctity

sacrosanct

adj.

"superlatively sacred or inviolable," c.1600, from Latin sacrosanctus "protected by religious sanction, consecrated with religious ceremonies," from sacro, ablative of sacrum "religious sanction" (from neuter singular of sacer "sacred") + sanctus, past participle of sancire "make sacred" (for both, see sacred). Earlier in partially anglicized form sacro-seint (c.1500).

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