odor of sanctity

: 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 canonizedCharles Speroni
: an appearance of or reputation for goodness and righteousness
the odor of sanctity that seemed to cling about his every utteranceKenneth Roberts

Word History


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 6 Jun. 2023.

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