I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not critique it, rather than that there is nothing worthy of being critiqued.

Not merely sacred, but something more specific.

  • Uncriticisable: that cannot be criticised. – user66974 Mar 17 '15 at 17:04
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    That would be a sacredcow. – tchrist Mar 17 '15 at 17:20
  • 'Authoritative' and 'inerrant' are used when referring to say the Bible. But not by all. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 17 '15 at 17:32
  • I think that the concept is sufficiently nuanced that a single word is inevitably going to be insufficient. – Hot Licks Mar 17 '15 at 17:32

Sacrosanct: above or beyond criticism, change, or interference. (Dictionary.com)

This is an apt term for anything considered religious, and is derived from the Latin sacrosanctus: "protected by religious sanction, consecrated with religious ceremonies" (Etymology Online). It has become a more generic and secular word that carries the meaning given above.



Not able to be attacked or refuted.

It conveys less judgment of value than "sacred" but more that it's been proven good or correct.




beyond criticism; faultless:


Something that cannot be critiqued is indisputable.

Unable to be challenged or denied: a far from indisputable fact



accepted or promoted as infallible truth or as a guiding principle or doctrine

  • A citation for this legitimate answer? – ScotM Jul 1 '15 at 9:49
  • @ScotM - thanks for pointing that out, link is added now... though I still can't really distinguish links with the default css settings. – technosaurus Jul 1 '15 at 10:10


absolutely trustworthy or sure

Through my own experience, I believe this word carries the undertone that something's trustworthiness should not even be questioned.



From the ODO:

Self-evident or unquestionable: 'it is axiomatic that dividends have to be financed'



'That diamond is flawless'

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