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You wouldn't think that man was a saint to look at him, would you?

What pleasure can they take in seeing Saint Agnes, I would like to know.

It was the priest who came out from the confessional of Saint Joseph and shut the door after him.

The gridiron of Saint Lawrence is of an agreeable freshness to him.

When the tomb of Saint Cecilia was opened an odour of roses came up from her coffin.

Such association is enough to undermine the morals of a saint, in a week or two.

The votaries of the saint will get up a petition to have his body moved.

Saint and sinner, ascetic and worldling, united in its practice.

And a woman likes, you think, to be a bit of a devil, with the reputation of a saint?

What a man really likes is to be saint with the reputation of being a bit of a devil.


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 (cf. Old Frisian sankt, Dutch sint, German Sanct).

Originally 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.

Applied widely to living things, diseases, objects and phenomena, e.g. Saint Bernard, the breed of mastiff dogs (1839), so called because they were used by the monks of the hospice of the pass of St. Bernard (between Italy and Switzerland) 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.



nounsweet, kind person


nounone who professes his or her faith in spite of persecution
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