(especially of a principle, place, or routine) regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with.
Late 15th century: from Latin sacrosanctus, from sacro ‘by a sacred rite’ (ablative of sacrum) + sanctus ‘holy’.
“A woman’s rights to her own body are sacrosanct.”
“Democracy is sacrosanct and nothing should interfere.”
A T-shaped piece of metal or wood on a boat or ship, to which ropes are attached.
Each of a number of projections on the sole of a shoe, designed to prevent the wearer losing their footing.
Middle English (in the sense ‘wedge’): of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch kloot ‘ball, sphere’ and German Kloss ‘clod, dumpling’, also to clot and clout.
The last stage of life; old age.
Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels