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patron saint
▪ St. Christopher, the patron saint of travellers
saint's day
the patience of Job/a saint (=very great patience)
▪ Those children would try the patience of a saint.
▪ Andrew Carnegie has been called the patron saint of compassionate capitalism.
▪ He said the date was chosen to coincide with the feast of St Teresa of Lisieux, patron saint of the missions.
▪ The family patron saints men feel drawn to are distinct from those chosen by women.
▪ Perseus was the patron saint of poets.
▪ Every trade took a holiday on the day of its patron saint.
▪ And the ultimate irony about Saint-Mames is that that particular saint Saint-Mames is the patron saint of the stomach.
▪ I always thought she was a selfish woman but she was an absolute saint compared to Abigail.
▪ Thanks so much for doing that. You're a saint.
▪ Your mother's a saint. She's done so much to help us.
▪ Among all the saints sat an unbeliever.
▪ As he marched south Clovis was careful not to alienate the catholic Church or its saints.
▪ Dagobert receives no entry in the dictionaries of saints and no trace of him is on public view at Stenay.
▪ Members of the family, coached by Nicholas, would relate stories from secular histories or the lives of saints.
▪ Ordination doesn't make you a saint.
▪ The statue of the patron saint, Francis Xavier, oversees all from behind the altar.
▪ The tall, narrow windows each had a saint in stained glass.
▪ Was I not right about the wee lass, saints preserve her!
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Saint \Saint\, v. i. To act or live as a saint. [R.]


Saint \Saint\ (s[=a]nt), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sainted; p. pr. & vb. n. Sainting.] To make a saint of; to enroll among the saints by an offical act, as of the pope; to canonize; to give the title or reputation of a saint to (some one).

A large hospital, erected by a shoemaker who has been beatified, though never sainted.

To saint it, to act as a saint, or with a show of piety.

Whether the charmer sinner it or saint it.


Saint \Saint\ (s[=a]nt), n. [F., fr. L. sanctus sacred, properly p. p. of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.]

  1. A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God.

    Them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints.
    --1 Cor. i.

  2. 2. One of the blessed in heaven.

    Then shall thy saints, unmixed, and from the impure Far separate, circling thy holy mount, Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing.

  3. (Eccl.) One canonized by the church. [Abbrev. St.] Saint Andrew's cross.

    1. A cross shaped like the letter X. See Illust. 4, under Cross.

    2. (Bot.) A low North American shrub ( Ascyrum Crux-Andre[ae], the petals of which have the form of a Saint Andrew's cross.

      Saint Anthony's cross, a T-shaped cross. See Illust. 6, under Cross.

      Saint Anthony's fire, the erysipelas; -- popularly so called because it was supposed to have been cured by the intercession of Saint Anthony.

      Saint Anthony's nut (Bot.), the groundnut ( Bunium flexuosum); -- so called because swine feed on it, and St. Anthony was once a swineherd.
      --Dr. Prior.

      Saint Anthony's turnip (Bot.), the bulbous crowfoot, a favorite food of swine.
      --Dr. Prior.

      Saint Barnaby's thistle (Bot.), a kind of knapweed ( Centaurea solstitialis) flowering on St. Barnabas's Day, June 11th.
      --Dr. Prior.

      Saint Bernard (Zo["o]l.), a breed of large, handsome dogs celebrated for strength and sagacity, formerly bred chiefly at the Hospice of St. Bernard in Switzerland, but now common in Europe and America. There are two races, the smooth-haired and the rough-haired. See Illust. under Dog.

      Saint Catharine's flower (Bot.), the plant love-in-a-mist. See under Love.

      Saint Cuthbert's beads (Paleon.), the fossil joints of crinoid stems.

      Saint Dabeoc's heath (Bot.), a heatherlike plant ( Dab[oe]cia polifolia), named from an Irish saint.

      Saint Distaff's Day. See under Distaff.

      Saint Elmo's fire, a luminous, flamelike appearance, sometimes seen in dark, tempestuous nights, at some prominent point on a ship, particularly at the masthead and the yardarms. It has also been observed on land, and is due to the discharge of electricity from elevated or pointed objects. A single flame is called a Helena, or a Corposant; a double, or twin, flame is called a Castor and Pollux, or a double Corposant. It takes its name from St. Elmo, the patron saint of sailors.

      Saint George's cross (Her.), a Greek cross gules upon a field argent, the field being represented by a narrow fimbriation in the ensign, or union jack, of Great Britain.

      Saint George's ensign, a red cross on a white field with a union jack in the upper corner next the mast. It is the distinguishing badge of ships of the royal navy of England; -- called also the white ensign.
      --Brande & C.

      Saint George's flag, a smaller flag resembling the ensign, but without the union jack; used as the sign of the presence and command of an admiral. [Eng.]
      --Brande & C.

      Saint Gobain glass (Chem.), a fine variety of soda-lime plate glass, so called from St. Gobain in France, where it was manufactured.

      Saint Ignatius's bean (Bot.), the seed of a tree of the Philippines ( Strychnos Ignatia), of properties similar to the nux vomica.

      Saint James's shell (Zo["o]l.), a pecten ( Vola Jacob[ae]us) worn by pilgrims to the Holy Land. See Illust. under Scallop.

      Saint James's-wort (Bot.), a kind of ragwort ( Senecio Jacob[ae]a).

      Saint John's bread. (Bot.) See Carob.

      Saint John's-wort (Bot.), any plant of the genus Hypericum, most species of which have yellow flowers; -- called also John's-wort.

      Saint Leger, the name of a race for three-year-old horses run annually in September at Doncaster, England; -- instituted in 1776 by Col. St. Leger.

      Saint Martin's herb (Bot.), a small tropical American violaceous plant ( Sauvagesia erecta). It is very mucilaginous and is used in medicine.

      Saint Martin's summer, a season of mild, damp weather frequently prevailing during late autumn in England and the Mediterranean countries; -- so called from St. Martin's Festival, occurring on November 11. It corresponds to the Indian summer in America.

      Saint Patrick's cross. See Illust. 4, under Cross.

      Saint Patrick's Day, the 17th of March, anniversary of the death (about 466) of St. Patrick, the apostle and patron saint of Ireland.

      Saint Peter's fish. (Zo["o]l.) See John Dory, under John.

      Saint Peter's-wort (Bot.), a name of several plants, as Hypericum Ascyron, H. quadrangulum, Ascyrum stans, etc.

      Saint Peter's wreath (Bot.), a shrubby kind of Spir[ae]a ( S. hypericifolia), having long slender branches covered with clusters of small white blossoms in spring.

      Saint's bell. See Sanctus bell, under Sanctus.

      Saint Vitus's dance (Med.), chorea; -- so called from the supposed cures wrought on intercession to this saint.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 12c., from Old French saint, seinte "a saint; a holy relic," displacing or altering Old English sanct, both from Latin sanctus "holy, consecrated" (used as a noun in Late Latin; also source of Spanish santo, santa, Italian san, etc.), properly past participle of sancire "consecrate" (see sacred). Adopted into most Germanic languages (Old Frisian sankt, Dutch sint, German Sanct).\n

\nOriginally an adjective prefixed to the name of a canonized person; by c.1300 it came to be regarded as a noun. Meaning "person of extraordinary holiness" is recorded from 1560s.\n Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. The Duchess of Orleans relates that the irreverent old calumniator, Marshal Villeroi, who in his youth had known St. Francis de Sales, said, on hearing him called saint: 'I am delighted to hear that Monsieur de Sales is a saint. He was fond of saying indelicate things, and used to cheat at cards. In other respects he was a perfect gentleman, though a fool.' [Ambrose Bierce, "Devil's Dictionary," 1911]\n

\nPerhaps you have imagined that this humility in the saints is a pious illusion at which God smiles. That is a most dangerous error. It is theoretically dangerous, because it makes you identify a virtue (i.e., a perfection) with an illusion (i.e., an imperfection), which must be nonsense. It is practically dangerous because it encourages a man to mistake his first insights into his own corruption for the first beginnings of a halo round his own silly head. No, depend upon it; when the saints say that they
--even they
--are vile, they are recording truth with scientific accuracy.

[C.S. Lewis, "The Problem of Pain," 1940]

\nSaint Bernard, the breed of mastiff dogs (1839), so called because the monks of the hospice of the pass of St. Bernard (between Italy and Switzerland) sent them to rescue snowbound travelers; St. Elmo's Fire "corposant" (1560s) is from Italian fuoco di Sant'Elmo, named for the patron saint of Mediterranean sailors, a corruption of the name of St. Erasmus, an Italian bishop martyred in 303.

"to enroll (someone) among the saints," late 14c., from saint (n.). Related: Sainted; sainting.


n. 1 A person to whom a church or another religious group has officially attributed the title of "saint"; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue. 2 (context figuratively by extension English) A person with positive qualities; one who does good. 3 One who is sanctified or made holy; a person who is separated unto God’s service. 4 One of the blessed in heaven. 5 (context archaic English) A holy object. vb. (context nonstandard English) To canonize, to formally recognize someone as a saint.

  1. n. a person who has died and has been declared a saint by canonization

  2. person of exceptional holiness [syn: holy man, holy person, angel]

  3. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal [syn: ideal, paragon, nonpareil, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch]

  1. v. hold sacred [syn: enshrine]

  2. in the Catholic church; declare (a dead person) to be a saint; "After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized" [syn: canonize, canonise]

Saint (disambiguation)

Saint is the designation of a holy person.

Saint(s) may also refer to:

Saint (band)

Saint is an American Christian metal band, first active in the mid-1980s, releasing their first album Warriors of the Son in 1984. Common themes of Saint's music include hell, evil, and apocalyptic themes such as the End times. In 2010, HM magazine ranked the band's albums Time's End and Hell Blade among Top 100 Christian metal albums of all time list on No. 67 and No. 46 respectively.

Saint (novel)

Saint is a 2008 mystery novel written by Ted Dekker. It is the second in the series of the 'Project Showdown' Books which are also called ' The Paradise Novels'.

SainT (emulator)

SainT Windows based cycle accurate ATARI ST emulator, written by James Boulton and Arnaud Carré.


thumb|upright=1.25|In traditional Christian iconography, saints are often depicted with halos, a symbol of holiness; note how Judas Iscariot at the forefront is the only apostle without a halo.

A saint, also historically known as a hallow, is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness to God. In Christianity, the words saint and hallow have a wide variety of meanings, depending on the context and denomination. The original Christian denotation was any believer who is "in Christ" and in whom Christ dwells, whether in Heaven or on Earth. In Anglican, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Oriental Orthodox doctrine, all of their faithful deceased in Heaven are considered to be saints, but some are considered worthy of greater honour or emulation; official ecclesiastical recognition, and consequently veneration, is given to some saints through the process of canonization in the Catholic Church or glorification in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

While the English word saint originated in Christianity, historians of religion now use the appellation "in a more general way to refer to the state of special holiness that many religions attribute to certain people", with the Jewish tzadik, the Islamic walī, the Hindu rishi or Sikh guru, and the Buddhist arhat or bodhisattva also being referred to as saints. Depending on the religion, saints are recognized either by official ecclesiastical declaration or by popular acclamation (see Folk saint).

Saint (song)

"Saint", stylized as (s)AINT, is a song written by Marilyn Manson in 2003 for the album The Golden Age of Grotesque. Marilyn Manson portrays himself in the music video. The video was shot over a period of two days in November 2003 at the Sunset Tower, a hotel in Los Angeles, California. It was directed by Asia Argento, who guest stars in the video along with Eric Szmanda & former band member Gidget Gein whose "In Case of Emergency Break Heart" sculpture is featured in the video. The sculpture is an edition of three,the one in the video being owned by Asia Argento and the other is owned by artist and friend of Gidget Gein, Damian Crowley and the third version is owned by UnPOP art movement co-founder and friend Aaron Partridge.

Along with the release of the album, Lest We Forget, Manson released a single DVD with the uncut, banned from the label, original version of the music video. The only way to receive this though was to order it through Manson's website. It came also with the CD/DVD package. The explicit version of the DVD was released with the (s)AINT video in Australia and Europe. Japan required an edited version of the video due to censorship laws on showing female genitalia in media.

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SAINT (software)

SAINT (Security Administrator’s Integrated Network Tool) is computer software used for scanning computer networks for security vulnerabilities, and exploiting found vulnerabilities.

Saint (manhua)

Saint is a manhua by Hong Kong comics artist Khoo Fuk Lung. It follows the life and adventures of Sun Wukong, the monkey king from the novel Journey to the West. It was first published by Jade Dynasty and is licensed by Yuk Long Limited.

Saint (name)

Saint is a surname shared by several notable people, including:

  • Crosbie E. Saint (born 1936), American general
  • Eva Marie Saint (born 1924), American actress
  • Lawrence Saint (1885–1961), American stained glass artist
  • Nate Saint (1923–1956), American evangelical missionary pilot killed in Ecuador (brother of Rachel)
  • Rachel Saint (1914–1994), American evangelical Christian missionary who worked in Ecuador (sister of Nate)
  • Saint Saffold (born 1944), American football player
  • Silvia Saint (born 1976), Czech porn actress
  • Steve Saint (born 1951), Ecuadorian/American business entrepreneur, pilot and author (son of Nate)
Saint (book)

Saint: Why I Should Be Canonized Right Away is a book written by American Catholic radio host Lino Rulli. It was released on September 3, 2013 and is the sequel to Rulli's 2011 book, Sinner.

Saint (James Reid album)

Saint is the first solo album released by New Zealand musician James Reid from the band The Feelers. It was released on 22 November 2013.

Saint (rapper)

Mohammed Sillah (born 8 February 1997), known by his stage name Saint, is a Gambian recording artist, songwriter and producer currently residing in Sweden. In 2015, he rose to fame in Sweden with the release of his debut single Chillin.

Saint (comics)

Saint, in comics, may refer to:

  • Saint (manhua), a Chinese comic from Hong Kong manhua artist Khoo Fuk Lung
  • Saint, a Marvel Comics character who has appeared in a number of horror comics. They are Quincy Harker's dog.
  • The Saint, Avon Comics published 12 issues of a The Saint comic book between 1947 and 1952 (some of these stories were reprinted in the 1980s)

It may also refer to:

  • Saint Anna (comics), a Marvel Comics character
  • Saint Elmo (comics), a Marvel Comics character and member of Alpha Flight
  • Saint Germaine (comics), a comic book from Caliber Comics
  • Saint of Killers, a character, and eponymous mini-series, from Preacher
  • Saint Sinner (comics), a Marvel Comics horror title

Usage examples of "saint".

Good or bad, saint or killer, Abraxas had taken their minds and swallowed them whole.

He sighed and smiled absently at the image of the saint in the corner.

Cyril, who, since his death, has been honored with the title of Saint, were displayed in the exercise, rather than in the acquisition, of his episcopal dignity.

Saint Adjutor combla le gouffre en y jetant les chaines dont naguere il avait ete charge injustement par les infideles.

Ce saint Adjutor, Ajoutre ou Astre devait etre un homme bien extraordinaire.

Je ne sais quel lien de parente unit le grand saint Adjutor et la belle Diana.

And the metaphorical style of the Hebrews might ascribe to a saint and martyr the adoptive title of Son of God.

Saint Kevin if he cud, but mind ye, the blessed Saint was so well beknownst to all the counthry, that the divil was afeared to tackle him.

Julius was ageless and ancient, child and crone, a cruel sodomite and a tender saint.

At the east end of the south aisle of the choir stood the altar of All Saints, founded by Bowet.

Le chanoine Trevoux quitta ce monde a quelque temps de la, laissant une histoire des saints de Bretagne qui atteste la purete de son ame et la simplicite de son esprit.

Saint returned to his room, ushered by a silent Simeon Monk, he immediately heard a knock on the door beyond which Amity Little had purportedly been sleeping when he had been taken downstairs for his conference in the planning room.

Saint stood unflinchingly, Amity clinging aghast to his arm, Warlock lifted the record and went through the dramatic gesture of smashing it against the corner of the phonograph.

The Saint changed his stance so that only Amity could see his face as he gave her an encouraging wink.

As the Saint prostrated himself alongside Amity, he could hear the voice of a man, apparently speaking to the dog.