Definitions for sacrosanctˈsæk roʊˌsæŋkt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
extremely sacred or inviolable.
Category: Religion, Common Vocabulary
regarded or treated as being above or beyond interference, criticism, etc.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of sacrosanct:
1595–1605; < L sacrō sānctus made holy by sacred rite. See sacred , saint
inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanct(adj)
must be kept sacred
beyond alteration, criticism, or interference, especially due to religious sanction; inviolable.
Sacrosanctity was a right of tribunes in Ancient Rome not to be harmed physically. Plebeians took an oath to regard anyone who laid hands on a tribune as an outlaw liable to be killed without penalty. The term comes from the phrase sacer esto and reflects that violation of a tribune's sacrosanctity was not only a secular offense, but a religious offense as well.
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