- 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 canonization
Her canonization was finalized in 1946, with the Vatican declaring her Patroness of Immigrants in 1950.Mother Cabrini, Saint of the Green Card
November 11, 2014
But De Niro gets as many mulligans as he wants on the path to canonization.The Myth of the Tortured Artist
January 4, 2014
It gave her canonization, and it gives it to her still, but not the priesthood.
Canonization attained, however, all gets to be plain sailing with him.The Monikins
J. Fenimore Cooper
The deification of heroes changed into the canonization of saints.The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume IV.
The High-Church party owes him canonization, as I said to the bishop yesterday.Phases of an Inferior Planet
In the early ages of the Church there was no special form of canonization.Saint Bonaventure
Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
- 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 canonization
late 14c., from Medieval Latin canonizationem (nominative canonizatio), noun of action from past participle stem of canonizare (see canonize).
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.