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 canonised Historical Examples of canonised
An era which had
canonised hypocrisy, so that to seem to be respectable was to be.
The bones of the
canonised were immured in the wall over the altar.
Such maxim may be found in the works of the
I wonder whether our
canonised countryman who gave his name to it was ever here?
canonised, and as St. Simeone is still greatly revered. British Dictionary definitions for canonised 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 canonised 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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