sainthood

noun
saint·​hood | \ ˈsānt-ˌhu̇d How to pronounce sainthood (audio) \

Definition of sainthood

1 : the quality or state of being a saint
2 : saints as a group

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Examples of sainthood in a Sentence

while you're a perfectly nice person, you're not exactly an example of sainthood

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The status allows Angelelli to be beatified — the first step toward sainthood — without having a miracle attributed to his intercession. Fox News, "Pope clears way for beatification of slain Argentina bishop," 9 June 2018 For his persuasiveness, Patrick—who founded schools, churches, and monasteries throughout the Emerald Isle before his death on March 17, 461—was granted sainthood. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, "Here's the Real History of St Patrick's Day," 15 Mar. 2019 One recent study suggests that no one should expect sainthood and vast fortune in the same package (in fairness, it should be noted that two of the three authors of this study teach at Berkeley). Kevin Conley, Town & Country, "Bad As I Wanna Be," 11 July 2013 Her remains were exhumed last year as part of the canonization process for sainthood and, once again, a large crowd again paid respects as her bones were laid out in the cathedral for all to see. Meagan Flynn, ajc, "Former slave, on possible path to sainthood, to be entombed in Denver cathedral," 4 June 2018 Now, with less than a month to go before this year’s Saint Elliot Day, incels are embracing Minassian as the newest addition to the sainthood. David Futrelle, The Cut, "When a Mass Murderer Has a Cult Following," 27 Apr. 2018 An adult man on the autism spectrum is an adult man; the spectrum isn’t a certificate of sainthood. New York Times, "Why Does a Creepy Co-Worker Keep Getting a Pass?," 12 June 2018 That leaves Seelos one miracle away from sainthood. Mike Scott, NOLA.com, "Francis Xavier Seelos, brother's keeper: 1 of 300," 30 Jan. 2018 Greeley is one of six African-Americans and three former slaves under review for sainthood. Meagan Flynn, ajc, "Former slave, on possible path to sainthood, to be entombed in Denver cathedral," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of sainthood

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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