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canonize

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verb can·on·ize \ˈka-nə-ˌnīz\

Simple Definition of canonize

  • in the Roman Catholic Church : to officially give a dead person a special status as someone very holy : to declare (someone) to be a saint

Full Definition of canonize

can·on·ized play \-ˌnīzd; in “Hamlet” usually kə-ˈnä-ˌnīzd\ can·on·iz·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint

  3. 2 :  to make canonical

  4. 3 :  to sanction by ecclesiastical authority

  5. 4 :  to attribute authoritative sanction or approval to

  6. 5 :  to treat as illustrious, preeminent, or sacred

can·on·i·za·tion play \ˌka-nə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of canonize

  1. She died 100 years ago and was canonized in Rome last year.

  2. <a singing star so canonized by his fans that they refuse to believe anything bad about him>



Origin of canonize

Middle English, from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon catalog of saints, from Latin, standard


First Known Use: 14th century



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