Saint meaning

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A holy person.
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Those, esp. holy persons, who have died and are believed to be with God.
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A person who is venerated for holiness in a non-Christian religious tradition.
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In certain Christian churches, a person officially recognized as having lived an exceptionally holy life, and thus as being in heaven and capable of interceding for sinners; canonized person.
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To make a saint of; canonize.
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A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint"; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue.

Kateri Tekakwitha was proclaimed a saint.

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(figuratively, by extension) A person with positive qualities; one who does good.

Dorothy Day was a living saint.

Thanks for looking after the house while I'm away. You're a saint!

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One of the blessed in heaven.
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An extremely virtuous person.
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A person who is exceptionally meek, charitable, patient, etc.
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One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God's service.

To the assembly of God which is at Corinth; those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ in every place, both theirs and ours. (1Cor. 1:2)

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A title given to a saint, often prefixed to the person's name.

"Saint Stephen was the first martyr."

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The definition of a saint is a person recognized by certain Christian religions to have lived a holy life and can help sinners when they go to heaven, or a very good, kind, generous and caring person.

An example of a saint is Saint Francis of Assisi.

An example of a saint is a person who spends all her free time volunteering with the homeless.

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To name, recognize, or venerate as a saint.
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To regard or venerate as extremely virtuous.
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(nonstandard) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

Many wish to see Pope John Paul II sainted immediately.

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(sports) Someone connected with any of the sports teams known as the Saints, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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Origin of saint

  • Middle English seint from Old French saint from Late Latin sānctus from Latin holy past participle of sancīre to consecrate sak- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English saint, from Old French saint (Modern French saint), from Latin sanctus (“holy, consecrated, in Late Latin as a noun a saint"), past participle of sancire (“to render sacred, make holy"), akin to sacer (“holy, sacred").

    From Wiktionary

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