Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


This stone was thrown at the sainted Stephen, and the other two are from the Tower of Babel.

"It came white after my shaving by a sainted barber in the Holy House," said Castell.

Indeed, good master, on my knees I swear that what I said is sainted truth.

He has, moreover, a hoard of debts, the result of the luxury of his sainted forefathers.

They are all worthy of our praise, but to me, Mrs. Lannarck is sainted, and apart from the rest.

What is the thirteenth rule in the code of the sainted Joseph Smith?

She ranks with the glorious sisterhood, who have gone to the rest of the sainted.

My beloved, now sainted, mother had come to see me off from Liverpool.

“By the beard of my sainted maiden aunt,” said Chief Multhaus in awe.

Sainted mother, for thy sake, for all our sakes, I will do well by Juliet.


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.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.