verb (used with object), canonized, canonizing.
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.
Also, especially British, canonise.

1350–1400; Middle English. See canon1, -ize

canonization, noun
canonizer, noun
supercanonization, noun
uncanonization, noun
uncanonize, verb (used with object), uncanonized, uncanonizing. Unabridged
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canonize or canonise (ˈkænəˌnaɪz)
1.  RC Church to declare (a person) to be a saint and thus admit to the canon of saints
2.  to regard as holy or as a saint
3.  to sanction by canon law; pronounce valid
canonise or canonise
canoni'zation or canonise
canoni'sation or canonise

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from L. canonizationem, noun of action from canonizare "to canonize," from Gk. kanon "rule" (see canon).

late 14c., "to place in the canon or calendar of saints," from M.L. canonizare, from Gk. kanon "rule" (see canon). Related: Canonized (late 14c.).
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canonization definition

Official enrollment of a dead person as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church.

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Example sentences
We hoped by this to achieve for her a kind of canonization.
No writer in his right mind would have wanted canonization to depend on us.
The process of canonization, the officials say, is long and arduous and can only be carried out by the church.
Discusses the concept of sainthood and the canonization process.
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