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

Examples of sainted in a Sentence

They believed whatever they were told by their sainted leader.
Recent Examples on the Web The sainted man kindly directed my husband to a urinal and then escorted him outside, handing me his clothing with sympathy and obvious relief. Erica Groten, Los Angeles Times, 7 Aug. 2021 Bush is perhaps best known in Texas for a dust-up over renovation of the Alamo, that most sainted of Texas shrines. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 The program also gives Republicans a chance to paint their visions while wrapping themselves in the mantle of one of the GOP’s most beloved and sainted figures. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Most economists attribute these developments to Fed policy under the sainted Paul Volcker. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 3 Mar. 2021 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, 23 Apr. 2020 Pretty much every modern player can be looked at with some skepticism, even the sainted and the saviors. Chad Finn,, 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, 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, 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of sainted

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sainted was in 1593

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“Sainted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sainted

: unusually good, kind, or patient
: admired by many people


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