Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not violated or profaned; intact: "The great inviolate place had an ancient permanence which the sea cannot claim” ( Thomas Hardy).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Not violated; free from violation or hurt of any kind; secure against violation or impairment.
  • adj. Incorruptible.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not violated; uninjured; unhurt; unbroken.
  • adj. Not corrupted, defiled, or profaned; chaste; pure.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not violated; free from violation or hurt of any kind; secure against violation or impairment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. must be kept sacred
  • adj. (of a woman) having the hymen unbroken

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin inviolātus : in-, not; see in-1 + violātus, past participle of violāre, to violate; see violate.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inviolatus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It is well for us to have all the defence that it is possible for us to establish to maintain inviolate our own country and protect our own liberties.

    Canada's Destiny

  • John A. Macdonald advocated the formation of a British America League, whose first principle was to maintain inviolate the connection with the Mother Country.

    How and Why is Canada British?

  • “That emperor,” says Symmachus, “suffered the privileges of the vestal virgins to remain inviolate; he bestowed the sacerdotal dignities on the nobles of Rome, granted the customary allowance to defray the expenses of the public rites and sacrifices; and, though he had embraced a different religion, he never attempted to deprive the empire of the sacred worship of antiquity.”

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • At his humble prayer, the lives of the Romans were spared; and the chastity of the maids and matrons was preserved inviolate from the passions of the hungry soldiers.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • The confidential nature of the patient-doctor relationship must remain inviolate.

    You and Your Doctor

  • At a fund raiser for former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed Thursday, Giuliani gingerly acknowledged his support for some gay rights while emphasizing that heterosexual marriage is "inviolate" and should remain so.

    Rob Polner: G.W.B. (Giuliani Watch Blog): Rightward, Christian Soldier!

  • Cyrus probably meant "inviolate" but Cecily thought it was intended for

    The Golden Road

  • It then covers five means of securing and protecting these rights "inviolate":

    Latest Articles

  • DeVine Law regretfully had to agree with a unanimous court that struck down medical malpractice non-economic damage caps tort reform as violative the "inviolate" right to a jury trial granted in the State Constitution.

    The Minority Report -

  • Measures aimed at doubling numbers include making core tiger areas "inviolate", cracking down on poaching and smuggling, making people aware of the importance of tigers, and setting up cross-boundary protected areas where necessary.

    BBC News - Home

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