[ sangk-ti-tee ]
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noun,plural sanc·ti·ties.
  1. holiness, saintliness, or godliness.

  2. sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.

  1. 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

Other words from sanctity

  • non·sanc·ti·ty, noun, plural non·sanc·ti·ties.
  • un·sanc·ti·ty, noun, plural un·sanc·ti·ties.

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How to use sanctity in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sanctity


/ (ˈsæŋktɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the condition of being sanctified; holiness

  2. anything regarded as sanctified or holy

  1. the condition of being inviolable; sacredness: the sanctity of marriage

Origin of sanctity

C14: from Old French saincteté, from Latin sanctitās, from sanctus holy

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Other Idioms and Phrases with sanctity


see odor of sanctity.

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