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

Examples of sainthood in a Sentence

while you're a perfectly nice person, you're not exactly an example of sainthood
Recent Examples on the Web Such a designation could propel Casey to sainthood. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 12 Nov. 2021 An area man was saved during the Korean War by an Army chaplain who later received the Medal of Honor and who has now been nominated for sainthood. James Freeman, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 The process of sainthood requires proof the candidate existed and is not a local legend. Arkansas Online, 13 Aug. 2021 Achieving sainthood is a protracted process involving much research and a lengthy formal investigation. NBC News, 11 Sep. 2021 Typically, candidates for sainthood have a sponsor who provides advocacy and fundraising. NBC News, 11 Sep. 2021 That exhumation occurred recently, 135 years after he was buried, and his body was returned to the Basilica as his process for sainthood continues. Arkansas Online, 13 Aug. 2021 Local Catholic leaders began petitioning the Vatican in 1949 to put Dr. Hernández on the path to sainthood. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 The bishops will also vote on supporting possible sainthood for two Americans admired for wartime heroism. David Crary, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of sainthood

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sainthood was in 1550

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14 Nov 2021

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“Sainthood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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