verb \ˈka-nə-ˌnīz\

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

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

Full Definition of CANONIZE

transitive verb
:  to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint
:  to make canonical
:  to sanction by ecclesiastical authority
:  to attribute authoritative sanction or approval to
:  to treat as illustrious, preeminent, or sacred
can·on·i·za·tion \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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