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
2 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of odor of sanctity

translation of Medieval Latin odor sanctitatis


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