saintly

adjective saint·ly \ ˈsānt-lē \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of saintly

saintlier; saintliest
: relating to, resembling, or befitting a saint : holy

saintliness

noun

Examples of saintly in a Sentence

  1. a saintly man who devoted his life to caring for the dying

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First Known Use of saintly

1534


SAINTLY Defined for English Language Learners

saintly

adjective

Definition of saintly for English Language Learners

  • : like a saint : very good and kind


SAINTLY Defined for Kids

saintly

adjective saint·ly \ ˈsānt-lē \

Definition of saintly for Students

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

saintliness

noun


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