[ sangk-ti-tee ]
/ ˈsæŋk tɪ ti /

noun, plural sanc·ti·ties.

holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
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


non·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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for sanctity

/ (ˈsæŋktɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the condition of being sanctified; holiness
anything regarded as sanctified or holy
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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Idioms and Phrases with sanctity


see odor of sanctity.

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