saintly

adjective
saint·​ly | \ ˈsānt-lē How to pronounce saintly (audio) \
saintlier; saintliest

Definition of saintly

: relating to, resembling, or befitting a saint : holy

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Other Words from saintly

saintliness noun

Examples of saintly in a Sentence

a saintly man who devoted his life to caring for the dying
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the most uninhibited MC of all-time, Simmons was a lawless genius who toed the lie between the saintly and sinful, and inspired a legion of others such as Kendrick Lamar. Kevin L. Clark, Essence, "There Will Never Be Another Rap Icon Like DMX," 9 Apr. 2021 But being rotten to the core doesn’t make for a sympathetic antihero, especially one who’s married to the saintly Lucille. Richard Rys, Vulture, "The Walking Dead Season-Finale Recap: Jukebox Antihero," 4 Apr. 2021 Macdissi brings charm and warmth to the saintly Wally, though gets a bit too cloying in the process. Gary Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Uncle Frank’ review: Strong performances can’t redeem Alan Ball’s heavy-handed personal story," 26 Nov. 2020 Macdissi brings charm and warmth to the saintly Wally, though gets a bit too cloying in the process. Gary Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Uncle Frank’ review: Strong performances can’t redeem Alan Ball’s heavy-handed personal story," 26 Nov. 2020 Flanked by lawyers, framed by a halo-like clock just above her head, Christine Blasey Ford becomes a saintly image fit for a Raphael painting. Washington Post, "Many Trump-era photos look like dramatic old paintings. That’s no ‘accident.’," 16 Jan. 2021 Macdissi brings charm and warmth to the saintly Wally, though gets a bit too cloying in the process. Gary Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Uncle Frank’ review: Strong performances can’t redeem Alan Ball’s heavy-handed personal story," 26 Nov. 2020 Macdissi brings charm and warmth to the saintly Wally, though gets a bit too cloying in the process. Gary Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Uncle Frank’ review: Strong performances can’t redeem Alan Ball’s heavy-handed personal story," 26 Nov. 2020 Macdissi brings charm and warmth to the saintly Wally, though gets a bit too cloying in the process. Gary Goldstein, chicagotribune.com, "‘Uncle Frank’ review: Strong performances can’t redeem Alan Ball’s heavy-handed personal story," 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of saintly

1534, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saintly was in 1534

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14 Apr 2021

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“Saintly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saintly. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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saintly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of saintly

: like a saint : very good and kind

saintly

adjective
saint·​ly | \ ˈsānt-lē How to pronounce saintly (audio) \

Kids Definition of saintly

: like a saint or like that of a saint a saintly deed

Other Words from saintly

saintliness noun

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