Inviolate In*vi"o*late, Inviolated In*vi"o*la`ted, a. [L. inviolatus. See {In-} not, and {Violate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not violated; uninjured; unhurt; unbroken. [1913 Webster]

His fortune of arms was still inviolate. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. Not corrupted, defiled, or profaned; chaste; pure. ``Inviolate truth.'' --Denham. [1913 Webster]

There chaste Alceste lives inviolate. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • inviolate — sacrosanct, *sacred, inviolable Antonyms: violated Contrasted words: profaned, desecrated (see corresponding nouns at PROFANATION): polluted, defiled (see CONTAMINATE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • inviolate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ free from injury or violation. ORIGIN from Latin in not + violare violate …   English terms dictionary

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  • inviolate — adjective formal something that is inviolate cannot be attacked, changed, or destroyed …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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