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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Ordinarily, but not always, a second miracle is then required to achieve sainthood. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "The Rev. Augustus Tolton, America's first black priest who pastored in Chicago, closes in on sainthood following pope's decree," 12 June 2019 The late American Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, a pioneer of televangelism in the mid-20th century, moved a step closer to sainthood after Pope Francis officially recognized a miracle associated with him. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, "Archbishop Fulton Sheen to Be Beatified After Miracle Recognized," 6 July 2019 While Louis’ piety and ministrations to the poor and lepers earned him sainthood, his reputation as a military leader is decidedly mixed. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Fear of Foreign Food May Have Led to the Death of This Crusader King," 26 June 2019 Nation’s first black priest, an ex-slave, may be on his way to sainthood. Fox News, "Dem outrage - and hypocrisy, critics say - follow Trump's comments on foreign dirt on 2020 rivals," 13 June 2019 The next steps to sainthood would be beatification, followed by canonization. Daniel Burke, CNN, "A former slave who was the first black Catholic priest takes a step toward sainthood," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of sainthood

1550, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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