Definition of canonize
canonizedplay \-ˌnīzd; in “Hamlet” usually kə-ˈnä-ˌnīzd\;
1 : to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint
2 : to make canonical
3 : to sanction by ecclesiastical authority
4 : to attribute authoritative sanction or approval to
5 : to treat as illustrious, preeminent, or sacred his mother had canonized all his timidities as common sense — Scott Fitzgerald
canonizationplay \ˌka-nə-nə-ˈzā-shən\ noun
Examples of canonize in a Sentence
She died 100 years ago and was canonized in Rome last year.
a singing star so canonized by his fans that they refuse to believe anything bad about him
Recent Examples of canonize from the Web
The main objection from the church is that because Czar Nicholas II and his wife were canonized in 2000, the movie is an insult to the faithful, which is a crime in Russia.
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Origin and Etymology of canonize
Middle English, from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon catalog of saints, from Latin, standard
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CANONIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canonize for English Language Learners
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
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