saintly

adjective
saint·ly | \ˈsānt-lē \
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

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Instead of using the power of language to cast flawed but inherently decent protagonists in a saintly glow, the creators have gathered a despicable cast of characters — and keep piling on the backstabbing, setbacks and humiliations. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, "HBO’s ‘Succession’ is a cruel catharsis, and perfect for our swampy time," 1 June 2018 But while a few saintly figures are met in these pages, attempts at real reform generally came to nothing. Patrick Mcgrath, New York Times, "A Dumping Ground for the Poor, the Criminal and the Mad," 28 June 2018 Even saintly Canada prevented a $1bn takeover of a construction company, Aecon, by a Chinese firm in May. America’s security watchdogs recently kiboshed the takeover of Qualcomm by Broadcom, a rival semiconductor firm then domiciled in Singapore. The Economist, "Canaries in the coal mine," 14 June 2018 Yet, for all the sacrilegious naked dresses or culturally inappropriate couture that the event's A-list attendees could've worn to the event, the majority of this year's Met Gala looks hit the mark, making for a revelatory night of saintly fashion. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Met Gala 2018: Best dressed looks from Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Lena Waithe and more," 8 May 2018 Also: Rabbi Sally is a saint, like the saintly priests and rabbis in concentration camps who continued to minister in hopeless circumstances. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Crushing (And Occasionally Uplifting) Moments From 'Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 5," 16 May 2018 However, stars stuck to the saintly side, keeping references classic and colors a traditional palette of gold, deep burgundy and a range of ethereal neutrals. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "At the Met Gala, stars show off their saintly side with classic looks. Here are 6 major beauty trends," 8 May 2018 With designer John Galliano’s extreme design sensibility taking the idea of saintly dressing into artistic territory, the outfit went beyond the literal thanks to its exquisitely detailed construction. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna Just Took the Fashion Crowd to Church—And Won the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 In Warsaw, the murderers hanged an important woman, the wife of an elder, a saintly person. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, "The Boarder," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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saintly

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of saintly

: like a saint : very good and kind

saintly

adjective
saint·ly | \ˈsānt-lē \

Kids Definition of saintly

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

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saintliness noun

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