Definition of sacrosanct in English:



  • (especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.

    ‘the individual's right to work has been upheld as sacrosanct’
    • ‘Yes, we had to slash into sacrosanct areas like health care to save the country.’
    • ‘Environmentalism has become a sacrosanct religion of which no questions can even be asked.’
    • ‘Once upon a time Sunday mornings were sacrosanct times for public worship.’
    • ‘Sovereignty has long been a sacrosanct principle in the international system.’
    • ‘The issue is one of property rights which, in every capitalist society, are both valuable and sacrosanct.’
    • ‘The principle of democracy is sacrosanct, but it will always be interpreted through cultural filters.’
    • ‘Long gone are the days when this flag carrier was considered so sacrosanct its planes were blessed by priests on the tarmac before departure.’
    • ‘It could stay holy, sacrosanct, totally uncorrupted and virginal if it wasn't for us humans washing everything over with arrogance.’
    • ‘Royalty is accorded less respect and marriage is no longer regarded as sacrosanct.’
    • ‘Indeed, sports budgets seem to be sacrosanct, elevated to more importance than labs and textbooks.’
    • ‘If a mistake is reprinted often enough, it becomes sacrosanct - no one questions it, no one verifies it.’
    • ‘If something in science suddenly becomes so sacrosanct that you can't question it, then it ceases to be science.’
    • ‘At the end of the case, Justice Lloyd said wilderness is sacrosanct.’
    • ‘It was understood equipment and shooting techniques would evolve, but the principles were sacrosanct.’
    • ‘The principle of maintaining the territorial integrity of states remained sacrosanct.’
    • ‘His speeches could go on for hours and caused great disruption to what were seen to be the sacrosanct ways of Westminster.’
    • ‘These are hands-off, no-go, sacrosanct areas that the British prime minister cannot afford to have tampered with.’
    • ‘In principle there seems little reason to regard the Internet as sacrosanct, one network that is necessarily free of taxation.’
    • ‘A marriage before God is a sacrosanct thing, an act of union in the eyes of God, irreversible and permanent.’
    • ‘Basic human decency and respect for the dead as well as for the feelings of their grieving loved ones should guarantee that burial places are sacrosanct.’
    • ‘No principle or vision is sacrosanct in Washington except its own security and self-interest.’
    sacred, hallowed, respected, inviolable, inviolate, unimpeachable, unchallengeable, invulnerable, untouchable, inalienable, set apart, protected, defended, secure, safe, unthreatened
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Late 15th century: from Latin sacrosanctus, from sacro ‘by a sacred rite’ (ablative of sacrum) + sanctus ‘holy’.