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

Definition of sainted

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

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Examples of sainted in a Sentence

They believed whatever they were told by their sainted leader.

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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 Only 23 pitchers in history have thrown a perfect game, and on this day, a sainted day in Mariners history, King Felix joined the club. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "The day the King was perfect: An oral history of Felix Hernandez’s perfect game, 5 years later," 15 Aug. 2017 Even the sainted Franklin Roosevelt vacillated between expansionary fiscal policy and austerity, and between attacking corporate power and encouraging monopoly. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "How ‘Neoliberalism’ Became The Left’s Favorite Insult Of Liberals," 16 July 2017 Sainted Sainted: Anne Dudley, who has been an educator for 43 years, 27 of them in the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale school district, most of them as an autism specialist. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted: ‘You will be missed, Anne’," 27 May 2017

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First Known Use of sainted

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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