plaster saint


: a person without human failings

Examples of plaster saint in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the cost of rescuing Cash from the metaphysical fog has been to turn him into a plaster saint. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, 7 Dec. 2021 Politicians are people, after all, and not plaster saints. Author: Mark Z. Barabak, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2019 But Margaret Thatcher is far too consequential to be retired as a plaster saint or to stand in for the creative destruction of global capitalism or to serve as the touchstone by which the bien-pensants establish their bona fides. Benjamin Schwarz, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaster saint was in 1890

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“Plaster saint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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