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Friday, June 19, 2015

Definitions for inviolable

  1. prohibiting violation; secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration: an inviolable sanctuary; an inviolable promise.
  2. incapable of being violated; incorruptible; unassailable: inviolable secrecy.

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Citations for inviolable
He was perfectly calm in death, and, now he was laid in line, inviolable, unapproachable. To Anna, he was the majesty of the inaccessible male, the majesty of death. It made her still and awe-stricken, almost glad. D. H. Lawrence, The Rainbow, 1915
Nothing was more remarkable than the instinct, as it seemed, with which the child comprehended her loneliness: the destiny that had drawn an inviolable circle round about her: the whole peculiarity, in short, of her position in respect to other children. Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, 1850
Origin of inviolable
late Middle English
Inviolable came to English in the 1400s and can be traced to the Latin verb violāre meaning "to violate."