Regarded as sacred and inviolable.
[Latin sacrōsānctus, consecrated with religious ceremonies : sacrō, ablative of sacrum, religious rite (from neuter of sacer, sacred; see SACRED) + sānctus, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
sac′ro·sancti·ty (-săngktĭ-tē) n.
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