Sanctity
Sanctity Sanc"ti*ty, n.; pl. {Sanctities}. [L. sanctitas, from sanctus holy. See {Saint}.] 1. The state or quality of being sacred or holy; holiness; saintliness; moral purity; godliness. [1913 Webster]

To sanctity she made no pretense, and, indeed, narrowly escaped the imputation of irreligion. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Sacredness; solemnity; inviolability; religious binding force; as, the sanctity of an oath. [1913 Webster]

3. A saint or holy being. [R.] [1913 Webster]

About him all the sanctities of heaven. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Holiness; godliness; piety; devotion; goodness; purity; religiousness; sacredness; solemnity. See the Note under {Religion}. [1913 Webster]


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