Origin of sainted
- any of certain persons of exceptional holiness of life, formally recognized as such by the Christian Church, especially by canonization.
- a person of great holiness, virtue, or benevolence.
- a founder, sponsor, or patron, as of a movement or organization.
- (in certain religious groups) a designation applied by the members to themselves.
- to enroll formally among the saints recognized by the Church.
- to give the name of saint to; reckon as a saint.
Origin of saint
Examples from the Web for sainted
Bill Cosby, it seems, can only be seen in two registers: sainted family man of a much-loved sitcom, or fallen, tarnished villain.Newsflash: Bill Cosby Is Not Cliff Huxtable
November 20, 2014
And the sainted Ronald Reagan backed the assault weapons ban in 1994.Lone Star College Shooting Proves Handguns on Campus Is a Bad Idea
January 23, 2013
And like the papacy, Penn State was terrified of what might happen should a scandal taint its sainted image.Penn State's Joe Paterno and a Veil of Secrecy
Jacob Bernstein, Jessica Bennett
November 13, 2011
Extensive genuflections to the sainted memory of Ronald Reagan has become standard in GOP debates—but not this time.The Religious Right Is the GOP’s New Norm
June 14, 2011
Why, they even compared her to the sainted Jacqueline Kennedy.Why Michelle Is Sliding
November 13, 2009
This stone was thrown at the sainted Stephen, and the other two are from the Tower of Babel.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
"It came white after my shaving by a sainted barber in the Holy House," said Castell.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Indeed, good master, on my knees I swear that what I said is sainted truth.
He has, moreover, a hoard of debts, the result of the luxury of his sainted forefathers.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
They are all worthy of our praise, but to me, Mrs. Lannarck is sainted, and apart from the rest.David Lannarck, Midget
George S. Harney
- like a saint in character or nature
- hallowed or holy
- a person who after death is formally recognized by a Christian Church, esp the Roman Catholic Church, as having attained, through holy deeds or behaviour, a specially exalted place in heaven and the right to veneration
- a person of exceptional holiness or goodness
- (plural) Bible the collective body of those who are righteous in God's sight
- (tr) to canonize; recognize formally as a saint
Word Origin and History for sainted
early 12c., from Old French saint, seinte "a saint; a holy relic," displacing or altering Old English sanct, both from Latin sanctus "holy, consecrated" (used as a noun in Late Latin; also source of Spanish santo, santa, Italian san, etc.), properly past participle of sancire "consecrate" (see sacred). Adopted into most Germanic languages (cf. Old Frisian sankt, Dutch sint, German Sanct).
Originally an adjective prefixed to the name of a canonized person; by c.1300 it came to be regarded as a noun. Meaning "person of extraordinary holiness" is recorded from 1560s.
Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. The Duchess of Orleans relates that the irreverent old calumniator, Marshal Villeroi, who in his youth had known St. Francis de Sales, said, on hearing him called saint: 'I am delighted to hear that Monsieur de Sales is a saint. He was fond of saying indelicate things, and used to cheat at cards. In other respects he was a perfect gentleman, though a fool.' [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]
Perhaps you have imagined that this humility in the saints is a pious illusion at which God smiles. That is a most dangerous error. It is theoretically dangerous, because it makes you identify a virtue (i.e., a perfection) with an illusion (i.e., an imperfection), which must be nonsense. It is practically dangerous because it encourages a man to mistake his first insights into his own corruption for the first beginnings of a halo round his own silly head. No, depend upon it; when the saints say that they--even they--are vile, they are recording truth with scientific accuracy. [C.S. Lewis, "The Problem of Pain," 1940]
Applied widely to living things, diseases, objects and phenomena, e.g. Saint Bernard, the breed of mastiff dogs (1839), so called because they were used by the monks of the hospice of the pass of St. Bernard (between Italy and Switzerland) to rescue snowbound travelers; St. Elmo's Fire "corposant" (1560s) is from Italian fuoco di Sant'Elmo, named for the patron saint of Mediterranean sailors, a corruption of the name of St. Erasmus, an Italian bishop martyred in 303.
"to enroll (someone) among the saints," late 14c., from saint (n.). Related: Sainted; sainting.
In Christianity, a holy person, living or dead; a person who has been saved (see salvation) (see also salvation). Saint is the French word for “holy.” Many churches reserve the title of saint for persons who have died faithful to their Christian commitment. The Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church require certain procedures before people can be officially named saints; this procedure is called canonization.