- Ecclesiastical. to place in the canon of saints.
- to glorify.
- to make canonical; place or include within a canon, especially of scriptural works: They canonized the Song of Solomon after much controversy.
- to consider or treat as sacrosanct or holy: They canonized his many verbal foibles and made them gospel.
- to sanction or approve authoritatively, especially ecclesiastically.
- Archaic. to deify.
Origin of canonize
Examples from the Web for canonised
An era which had canonised hypocrisy, so that to seem to be respectable was to be.The Forsyte Saga, Complete
The bones of the canonised were immured in the wall over the altar.
Such maxim may be found in the works of the canonised Ligouri.
I wonder whether our canonised countryman who gave his name to it was ever here?The Romance of the Woods
F. J. Whishaw
He was canonised, and as St. Simeone is still greatly revered.Through the Land of the Serb
Mary Edith Durham
- RC Church to declare (a person) to be a saint and thus admit to the canon of saints
- to regard as holy or as a saint
- to sanction by canon law; pronounce valid
Word Origin and History for canonised
late 14c., "to place in the canon or calendar of saints," from Old French cannonisier and directly from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon "church rule" (see canon (n.1)). Related: Canonized; cannonizing.