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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while you're a perfectly nice person, you're not exactly an example of sainthood
Recent Examples on the Web And Parton’s fans, who are legion, rejoiced — calling for sainthood, celebrations and statues in her honor. Heidi Stevens,, "Column: Dolly Parton is the closest thing we have to a universally beloved icon. And that was before she helped fund Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.," 18 Nov. 2020 Apart from being a beloved country legend, Dolly Parton is probably next in line for sainthood based on her seemingly endless charity work. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Did Dolly Parton's research fund just cure COVID-19?," 17 Nov. 2020 There has been a satanic priest, prostitutes, thieves and much else on the road to redemption and sainthood. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Sainted Too Soon? Vatican Report Cast John Paul II in Harsh New Light," 14 Nov. 2020 Just days before the election, their founder, Father Michael McGivney, is being beatified — a big step on the road to canonized sainthood. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Can We Please Get Serious about Protecting Religious Freedom?," 2 Nov. 2020 All Saints' Day recognizes those whose sainthood is known only to God. Ashley Novak, CNN, "All Saints' Day: The history and traditions behind the holiday," 1 Nov. 2020 The Catholic Church on Saturday will elevate the founder of the Knights of Columbus toward sainthood, emphasizing his fight against anti-Catholicism. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Church to elevate founder of Catholic group scrutinized by Harris and Hirono," 30 Oct. 2020 The children—found in wells, in fields—were victims, and, post mortem, were given the crown of sainthood, as the Jews were given the stain of devilry. Talia Lavin, The New Republic, "QAnon, Blood Libel, and the Satanic Panic," 29 Sep. 2020 Also on the path to sainthood is Augustus Tolton, widely considered the first Black Catholic priest in the U.S. David Crary, Star Tribune, "Correction: Black Catholic History story," 28 July 2020

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First Known Use of sainthood

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sainthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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