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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.
  3. 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
Related formsnon·sanc·ti·ty, noun, plural non·sanc·ti·ties.un·sanc·ti·ty, noun, plural un·sanc·ti·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ties
  1. the condition of being sanctified; holiness
  2. anything regarded as sanctified or holy
  3. the condition of being inviolable; sacrednessthe sanctity of marriage

Word Origin for sanctity

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

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see odor of sanctity.

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