saintdom

sainthood

[seynt-hood]
noun
1.
the character or status of a saint.
2.
saints collectively.
Also, saintdom [seynt-duhm] .


Origin:
1540–50; saint + -hood

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saint (seɪnt, (unstressed) sənt)
 
n
1.  a person who after death is formally recognized by a Christian Church, esp the Roman Catholic Church, as having attained, through holy deeds or behaviour, a specially exalted place in heaven and the right to veneration
2.  a person of exceptional holiness or goodness
3.  (plural) Bible the collective body of those who are righteous in God's sight
 
vb
4.  (tr) to canonize; recognize formally as a saint
 
[C12: from Old French, from Latin sanctus holy, from sancīre to hallow]
 
'saintdom
 
n
 
'saintless
 
adj
 
'saintlike
 
adj

sainthood (ˈseɪnthʊd)
 
n
1.  the state or character of being a saint
2.  saints collectively

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