- pertaining to, like, or befitting a saint: saintly lives.
Origin of saintly
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Examples from the Web for saintly
Sometimes, that intense social judgment, that expectation of saintly loving maternal perfection, can destroy a mother.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
August 5, 2014
Fleiss makes the film as a devotee would, depicting Weir in a saintly glow.Bob Weir on Drugged-Out Deadheads and Living in Jerry Garcia’s Shadow
April 25, 2014
Top U.S. officials contribute with their daily evocation of saintly principles that the United States itself has often defied.Cut the Baloney on Ukraine
Leslie H. Gelb
March 9, 2014
Diana came to see her as a sweet, saintly woman whose charity work was an inspiration.Malice in the Palace: Prince George’s Treacherous New Digs
July 27, 2013
Reasons for my Gingrich blues No lunar dreams or Grecian cruise No credit line from Tiffany's No saintly wife, his former squeeze.
Wilfrid also was one of the saintly architects of the period.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
They penned me up here with these saintly mothers and these angelic children.City of Endless Night
At the Tambov hermitage the anchorite Hilary, a man of saintly life, has died.Father Sergius
She confided in me a little in those days, but ever with a most saintly resignation.
"Indeed, none too saintly," said I, speaking my thoughts aloud.
- like, relating to, or suitable for a saint
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Word Origin and History for saintly
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