saint·​ed | \ ˈsān-təd How to pronounce sainted (audio) \

Definition of sainted

2 : befitting or relating to a saint
3 : entered into heaven : dead
4 : much admired : idolized

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They believed whatever they were told by their sainted leader.
Recent Examples on the Web But Maggie is one of those somewhat sainted free spirits who light up everyday dreariness (at least in the movies), stirring things up while inspiring clucks of disapproval and censure. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘To the Stars’ Review: Rebels in Bobby Socks, Yearning for More," 23 Apr. 2020 Pretty much every modern player can be looked at with some skepticism, even the sainted and the saviors. Chad Finn,, "Baseball’s authenticity takes another hit, and its loyal fans suffer," 14 Jan. 2020 Mitchel, the man who attacked him, is hardly the sainted figure that his friends and family members have described to reporters. Armstrong Williams, National Review, "The Tragedy of Scott Hapgood," 3 Sep. 2019 Those old enough to remember often cite Pope John Paul II’s visit in 1981 as the most thrilling event of their lifetimes, memorialized by a bronze statue of the now-sainted pontiff designed to slowly rotate on a concrete pedestal. Washington Post, "Catholicism ingrained in daily life on US island of Guam," 10 Aug. 2019 The first two woebegone blue bloods are Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and Diana, Princess of Wales, the late, sainted wife of Charles. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Duchess’ Review: How to Survive a Royal Romance," 17 May 2018 More than 20 years after her death, Diana has practically been sainted. Jacqueline Cutler,, "'The Duchess’ paints Camilla in a positive light while detailing Princess Diana's dark side," 15 Apr. 2018 Katie was the last of her sainted mother’s four children. Jessica Knoll, Glamour, "The Governor’s Daughter Has a Big Problem," 20 Mar. 2018 The fear and persecution of these communities made Arpaio a sainted figure for the alt-right. Raul Grijalva, Fortune, "Arizona Rep. Grijalva: Trump Should Cancel His Racist Rally in Phoenix," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of sainted

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sainted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of sainted

old-fashioned : unusually good, kind, or patient
: admired by many people

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