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

  • adj. Regarded as sacred and inviolable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Sacred; inviolable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preëminently or superlatively sacred or inviolable.

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

  • adj. must be kept sacred


Latin sacrōsānctus, consecrated with religious ceremonies : sacrō, ablative of sacrum, religious rite (from neuter of sacer, sacred; see sacred) + sānctus, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • Adjective:

    Found in The Chambers Dictionary: inviolable, protected by sacred or qusi-sacred rules.

    Latin: sacrosanctus, from sacer (sacred) and Sanctus (pap of sancrite to hollow).

    November 18, 2008

  • Also can hint at someone's feelings of being above criticism.

    October 16, 2008