Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness.
  • noun The quality or condition of being considered sacred; inviolability.
  • noun Something considered sacred.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Holiness; saintliness; godliness.
  • noun Sacred or hallowed character; hence, sacredness; solemnity; inviolability.
  • noun A saint or holy being; a holy object of any kind.
  • noun Synonyms Piety, Saintliness, etc. (see religion), purity, goodness.
  • noun Inviolability.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being sacred or holy; holiness; saintliness; moral purity; godliness.
  • noun Sacredness; solemnity; inviolability; religious binding force.
  • noun rare A saint or holy being.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable Holiness of life or disposition; saintliness
  • noun uncountable The condition of being considered sacred; inviolability
  • noun countable Something considered sacred.

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

  • noun the quality of being holy

Etymologies

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

[Middle English saunctite, from Old French sainctite, from Latin sānctitās, from sānctus, sacred; see sanctify.]

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