saint·​ed ˈsān-təd How to pronounce sainted (audio)
: befitting or relating to a saint
: entered into heaven : dead
: 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 origins of the sainted drink date to the times of the Persians, who claim to have invented it. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2024 This bio-pic (the first of Dumont’s two films about the doomed and sainted warrior) externalizes the wild subjectivity of her religious devotion in the form of a rock opera, based on plays by the Christian mystic poet Charles Péguy (1871–1914). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2024 The rules, the sainted Laws, decree that once a game has restarted, it cannot be stopped. Rory Smith, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2023 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

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Word History

First Known Use

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 13 Jun. 2024.

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