Definition of inviolate in English:



  • Free or safe from injury or violation:

    ‘an international memorial which must remain inviolate’
    • ‘The mere existence of such a throwback in the modern world suggests an inviolate timelessness.’
    • ‘For the last few years Howard's entire political program has been based on the premise that Australia's sovereignty is not only absolute but inviolate, untouchable, a veritable law of nature.’
    • ‘Like the 2-party system itself, there is little reason to argue that corporate charters are inviolate.’
    • ‘This notion of sovereignty considers inviolate the internal affairs of nations.’
    • ‘They both have an inviolate place into which no other can fit.’
    • ‘Is it a country where the line between church and state bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers should be inviolate?’
    • ‘The two instead experience a ‘precious, inviolate, and genuine’ relationship free from the burdens of racial representation.’
    • ‘The concept of inviolate national sovereignty yielded to new mechanisms for the international enforcement of human rights.’
    • ‘But instead he chose to treat Eric's comments as an attack by an inviolate expert witness and to emphasise the negatives.’
    • ‘There was no general privilege that attached to documents brought into existence for the purposes of litigation independent of the need to keep inviolate communications between client and legal adviser.’
    • ‘Such criticism leaves the basic functions of the dominant stratum inviolate.’
    • ‘Others, including censorship watchdogs, believe that free speech is not inviolate irrespective of what is said or sung, and that there is such a thing as the abuse of free speech.’
    • ‘Technically faultless and inviolate this is as smooth as painting gets at the start of the 21st century.’
    • ‘There is no engagement or invitation to the viewer, these women are self-sufficient and contained, inviolate even.’
    • ‘We do not sterilise people who have been convicted of violent offences against children because, however gruesome their crime, their person must remain inviolate.’
    • ‘Government would remain in charge of public safety, but the evidence on which they based their strategy would be objective and inviolate.’
    • ‘Whatever moral authority we may have to allow or disallow other nations to possess weapons of mass destruction rests on our inviolate commitment to use our weapons only in self-defense.’
    • ‘Think of the recognised classics of American cinema and they seem organic, inviolate.’
    • ‘But the wall that split photography's discursive territory into an aesthetic-commercial-public realm, on the one hand, and home duty, on the other, remained inviolate.’
    • ‘The customers come and go, but the privacy of Mathilde and Antoine's world remains as inviolate as the inside of somebody's head.’
    untouched, undamaged, unhurt, unharmed, unscathed
    unmarred, unspoilt, unimpaired, unflawed, unsullied, unstained, undefiled, unpolluted, unprofaned, perfect, pristine, pure, virgin
    intact, unbroken, whole, entire, complete, sound, solid
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Late Middle English: from Latin inviolatus, from in- not + violare violate.