Definition of sanctity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsæŋktəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsæŋktəti//
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  1. 1sanctity (of something) the state of being very important and worth protecting the sanctity of marriage I believe in the sanctity of human life.
  2. 2the state of being holy a life of sanctity, like that of St Francis the sanctity of the Church Abydos was a place of sanctity for the ancient Egyptians.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘saintliness’): from Old French sainctite, reinforced by Latin sanctitas, from sanctus ‘holy’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sanctity