EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), can·on·ized, can·on·iz·ing. . 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.
, especially British can·on·ise. Origin of canonize 1350–1400;
Middle English. See
-ize Related forms can·on·i·za·tion, noun can·on·iz·er, noun su·per·can·on·i·za·tion, noun un·can·on·i·za·tion, noun un·can·on·ize, verb (used with object), un·can·on·ized, un·can·on·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for canonise Historical Examples of canonise
The pope must
canonise some better saints for us, for all we have now are worn out.
Your pleasure will be my death, and then you'll
canonise me perhaps?
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.
Yet for some reason the Church, for which he did so much, has never seen fit to
canonise this great Pope. British Dictionary definitions for canonise verb (tr) 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 Derived Forms canonization or canonisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for canonise v.
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.
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