saint·​ed ˈsān-təd How to pronounce sainted (audio)
: befitting or relating to a saint
: entered into heaven : dead
: much admired : idolized

Example Sentences

They believed whatever they were told by their sainted leader.
Recent Examples on the Web Might Pablo himself have been bound by just such a hallowed yoke, a sainted confidante? Cynthia Ozick, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Apr. 2023 Oh, my sainted aunt! Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Mar. 2023 Fantasy tropes abound in Season One, which introduced viewers to Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) as a sainted Grisha (magic user) with the rare power of Sun-Summoning. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 16 Mar. 2023 This freewheeling bio-pic of France’s sainted heroine, directed by Bruno Dumont, is a highly choreographed rock opera, filmed on rustic location, in which two children share the lead role. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 23 Dec. 2020 But like all of their crusades, this is not really about gas, but government — enemy number one for the GOP since the sainted Ronald Reagan ascended to power., 21 Jan. 2023 In economic and financial circles, Volcker became a sainted figure, credited with laying the foundation for decades of low inflation, relatively stable growth and rising — if unevenly distributed — prosperity. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2023 Charlie’s purity renders him a kind of sainted figure, an angelic martyr of sorts. cleveland, 8 Dec. 2022 His heroines were never all good—they’re not Dickens’s sainted angels wearing white—and his villains were never all bad. Dawn Davis, Bon Appétit, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sainted was in 1593

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“Sainted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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saint·​ed ˈsānt-əd How to pronounce sainted (audio)
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