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Canonize definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CANONIZE, v.t. [from canon.] To declare a man a saint and rank him in the catalogue, called a canon.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: 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]
2: treat as a sacred person; "He canonizes women" [syn: canonize, canonise]

Merriam Webster's

transitive verb (canonized; canonizing) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin canonizare, from Late Latin canon catalog of saints, from Latin, standard Date: 14th century 1. to declare (a deceased person) an officially recognized saint 2. to make canonical 3. to sanction by ecclesiastical authority 4. to attribute authoritative sanction or approval to 5. to treat as illustrious, preeminent, or sacred canonization noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.tr. (also -ise) 1 a declare officially to be a saint, usu. with a ceremony. b regard as a saint. 2 admit to the canon of Scripture. 3 sanction by Church authority. Derivatives: canonization n. Etymology: ME f. med.L canonizare: see CANON

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Canonize Can"on*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Canonized; p. pr. & vb. n. Canonizing.] [F. canoniser or LL. canonizare, fr. L. canon.. See Canon.] 1. (Eccl.) To declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints; as, Thomas a Becket was canonized. 2. To glorify; to exalt to the highest honor. Fame in time to come canonize us. --Shak. 2. To rate as inspired; to include in the canon.[R.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(canonizes, canonizing, canonized) Note: in BRIT, also use 'canonise' If a dead person is canonized, it is officially announced by the Catholic Church that he or she is a saint. Joan of Arc was finally canonized by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. VERB: usu passive, be V-ed

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. Declare a saint, make a saint of, enroll in the canon.

Moby Thesaurus

aggrandize, apotheose, apotheosize, beatify, bless, cleanse, consecrate, crown, dedicate, deify, devote, elevate, ennoble, enshrine, enthrone, exalt, frock, glamorize, glorify, hallow, immortalize, lionize, magnify, make legendary, ordain, purify, raise, saint, sanctify, set apart, set up, throne, uplift




 


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