Adjective "sacrosanct" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.
  1. 'The principle of maintaining the territorial integrity of states remained sacrosanct.'
  2. 'The issue is one of property rights which, in every capitalist society, are both valuable and sacrosanct.'
  3. 'In principle there seems little reason to regard the Internet as sacrosanct, one network that is necessarily free of taxation.'
  4. 'Basic human decency and respect for the dead as well as for the feelings of their grieving loved ones should guarantee that burial places are sacrosanct.'
  5. 'Sovereignty has long been a sacrosanct principle in the international system.'
  6. 'At the end of the case, Justice Lloyd said wilderness is sacrosanct.'
  7. 'If a mistake is reprinted often enough, it becomes sacrosanct - no one questions it, no one verifies it.'
  8. 'It was understood equipment and shooting techniques would evolve, but the principles were sacrosanct.'
  9. 'Environmentalism has become a sacrosanct religion of which no questions can even be asked.'
  10. 'His speeches could go on for hours and caused great disruption to what were seen to be the sacrosanct ways of Westminster.'
  11. 'A marriage before God is a sacrosanct thing, an act of union in the eyes of God, irreversible and permanent.'


1. extremely sacred or inviolable: a sacrosanct chamber in the temple.

2. not to be entered or trespassed upon: She considered her home office sacrosanct.

3. above or beyond criticism, change, or interference: a manuscript deemed sacrosanct.

More examples(as adjective)

"words can be sacrosanct in affairs."

"slabs can be sacrosanct to fans."

"rules can be sacrosanct in markets."

"rights can be sacrosanct for governments."

"principles can be sacrosanct in groups."

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Late 15th century: from Latin sacrosanctus, from sacro ‘by a sacred rite’ (ablative of sacrum) + sanctus ‘holy’.