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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: saincteté, from Latin sanctitas, from sanctus; SAINT

sanctity

noun
     
Related topics: Religion
sanc‧ti‧ty [uncountable]
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 formalRR the holy or religious character of a person or place [↪ sacred]:
an aura of sanctity

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