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canonize

or (especially British) canonise

[kan-uh-nahyz] /ˈkæn əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), canonized, canonizing.
1.
Ecclesiastical. to place in the canon of saints.
2.
to glorify.
3.
to make canonical; place or include within a canon, especially of scriptural works:
They canonized the Song of Solomon after much controversy.
4.
to consider or treat as sacrosanct or holy:
They canonized his many verbal foibles and made them gospel.
5.
to sanction or approve authoritatively, especially ecclesiastically.
6.
Archaic. to deify.
Origin of canonize
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English. See canon1, -ize
Related forms
canonization, noun
canonizer, noun
supercanonization, noun
uncanonization, noun
uncanonize, verb (used with object), uncanonized, uncanonizing.
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Examples from the Web for canonise
Historical Examples
  • Your pleasure will be my death, and then you'll canonise me perhaps?

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
  • The pope must canonise some better saints for us, for all we have now are worn out.

    The Phantom Ship Frederick Marryat
  • 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
  • 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 Oscar Wilde
  • They will not call the fraudulent the fortunate, nor canonise him as successful, who has gotten his wealth by underhand means.

British Dictionary definitions for canonise

canonize

/ˈkænəˌnaɪz/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
canonization, canonisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for canonise

canonize

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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