sanc|ti|ty [ˈsæŋktıti] n [U]
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: saincteté, from Latin sanctitas, from sanctus; SAINT]
1.) the sanctity of life/marriage etc
the quality that makes life, marriage etc so important that it must be respected and preserved
the sanctity of the Constitution
2.) formal the holy or religious character of a person or place
an aura of sanctity

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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