- 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 canonise
The pope must canonise some better saints for us, for all we have now are worn out.The Phantom Ship
Your pleasure will be my death, and then you'll canonise me perhaps?Droll Stories, Complete
Honore de Balzac
It was even proposed that the Pope should canonise Plato as a saint.
Formerly we used to canonise our great men; nowadays we vulgarise them.Reviews
Yet for some reason the Church, for which he did so much, has never seen fit to canonise this great Pope.The Rise of the Mediaeval Church
Alexander Clarence Flick
- 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 canonise
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.