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Definitions for sacrosanct
ˈsæk roʊˌsæŋktsacro·sanct

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inviolable, inviolate, sacrosanctadjective

    must be kept sacred


  1. sacrosanctadjective

    beyond alteration, criticism, or interference, especially due to religious sanction; inviolable.

  2. sacrosanctadjective



  1. sacrosanct

    Sacrosanctity was the declaration of physical inviolability of a temple, a sacred object, or a person through the lex sacrata (sacred law), which had religious connotations. Festus explained that: “Sacred laws are laws which have the sanction that anyone who broke them becomes accursed to one of the gods, together with his family and property”. In some cases the law may have been applied to protect temples from being defiled. It could also be applied to protect a person who was declared sacrosanct (inviolable). Those who harmed a sacrosanct person became sacer (accursed) through the declaration sacer esto! ("Let him be accursed"). The offender was considered as having harmed the gods or a god, as well as the sacrosanct person and therefore accursed to the gods or a god. This meant that the offender became forfeit to the god(s) and on his death he was surrendered to the god(s) in question. The implication was that anyone who killed him was considered as performing a sacred duty and enjoyed impunity.In the literature by Roman historians, the term sacrosanctity is usually found in relation to the tribune of the Plebs, or plebeian tribune.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sacrosanctadjective

    sacred; inviolable

  2. Etymology: [L. sucrosanctus.]


  1. Sacrosanct

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sacrosanct

    sak′rō-sangkt, adj. very sacred or inviolable.—n. Sacrosanc′tity. [L. sacrosanctussacer, sacred, sanctus, pa.p. of sancīre, to hallow.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrosanct in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sacrosanct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of sacrosanct in a Sentence

  1. Merrick Garland:

    As I stated during my confirmation hearing, political or other improper considerations must play no role in any investigative or prosecutorial decisions. These principles that have long been held as sacrosanct by the DOJ career workforce will be vigorously guarded on my watch, and any failure to live up to them will be met with strict accountability, there are important questions that must be resolved in connection with an effort by the department to obtain records related to Members of Congress and Congressional staff.

  2. Nicholos Venditti:

    The GO pledge, the pledge that the municipal market for its entire existence viewed as sacrosanct, now isn't, given the strength of the muni market this year, I don't believe investors have been compensated in general for that incremental risk.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    When this chamber confronts a question this important... you don't slide it off the table and say, ‘nevermind,’ win, lose or draw members of this chamber were elected to debate and to vote... And the public is entitled to know where each senator stands on an issue as sacrosanct as defending our democracy.


    my trench town created reggae is a spiritual mission, not a competition, or something to follow aimlessly with blind ambition. It is sacrosanct, and for a healing of the nation. This is all embodied in my- reggae education/r.A.S.P.E.C.T1

  5. David Urban:

    The attorney-client privilege is sacrosanct here. There is the crime fraud exception -- the only time you get to pierce that attorney-client privilege is if there is a crime committed, this is a pretty high bar stuff and we will have to see, but it is an extraordinary step to be taken, for sure.

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