Definition of sacrosanct in US 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’
    • ‘In principle there seems little reason to regard the Internet as sacrosanct, one network that is necessarily free of taxation.’
    • ‘These are hands-off, no-go, sacrosanct areas that the British prime minister cannot afford to have tampered with.’
    • ‘No principle or vision is sacrosanct in Washington except its own security and self-interest.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sovereignty has long been a sacrosanct principle in the international system.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, sports budgets seem to be sacrosanct, elevated to more importance than labs and textbooks.’
    • ‘At the end of the case, Justice Lloyd said wilderness is sacrosanct.’
    • ‘Yes, we had to slash into sacrosanct areas like health care to save the country.’
    • ‘Once upon a time Sunday mornings were sacrosanct times for public worship.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If a mistake is reprinted often enough, it becomes sacrosanct - no one questions it, no one verifies it.’
    • ‘It was understood equipment and shooting techniques would evolve, but the principles were sacrosanct.’
    • ‘Environmentalism has become a sacrosanct religion of which no questions can even be asked.’
    • ‘Royalty is accorded less respect and marriage is no longer regarded as sacrosanct.’
    • ‘It could stay holy, sacrosanct, totally uncorrupted and virginal if it wasn't for us humans washing everything over with arrogance.’
    • ‘The issue is one of property rights which, in every capitalist society, are both valuable and sacrosanct.’
    • ‘A marriage before God is a sacrosanct thing, an act of union in the eyes of God, irreversible and permanent.’
    • ‘If something in science suddenly becomes so sacrosanct that you can't question it, then it ceases to be science.’
    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’.