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

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

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. the quality of being holy

Etymologies

Middle English saunctite, from Old French sainctite, from Latin sānctitās, from sānctus, sacred; see sanctify.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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