odor of sanctity

Definition of odor of sanctity

1 : a fragrance held to proceed from the person, clothing, or domicile of a saint during life or after death died in the odor of sanctity and … was canonized— Charles Speroni
2a : an appearance of or reputation for goodness and righteousness the odor of sanctity that seemed to cling about his every utterance— Kenneth Roberts

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History and Etymology for odor of sanctity

translation of Medieval Latin odor sanctitatis

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“Odor of sanctity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/odor%20of%20sanctity. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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