noun, plural sanc·ti·ties.

  1. holiness, saintliness, or godliness.
  2. sacred or hallowed character: the inviolable sanctity of the temple.
  3. a sacred thing.

noun plural -ties

  1. the condition of being sanctified; holiness
  2. anything regarded as sanctified or holy
  3. the condition of being inviolable; sacrednessthe sanctity of marriage

n.late 14c., from Old French sanctete (Modern French sainteté), from Latin sanctitatem (nominative sanctitas) “holiness, sacredness,” from sanctus “holy” (see saint (n.)). see odor of sanctity.

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