saint·​hood | \ ˈsānt-ˌhu̇d \

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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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,, "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 There are many people willing to help get Conway considered for sainthood. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waterbury Hero Priest Was Always Considered A Saint; Now Some Want To Make It Official," 28 May 2018 Pope Francis approved miracles attributed to Romero and Paul VI earlier this year, paving the way to sainthood. Fox News, "Vatican: Martyred archbishop, Pope Paul VI to be canonized," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of sainthood

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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