American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, resembling, or befitting a saint.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Like or characteristic of a saint; befitting a holy person; saintlike.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Like a saint; becoming a holy person.
- adj. marked by utter benignity; resembling or befitting an angel or saint
- From saint + -ly. Compare saintlike. (Wiktionary)
“After breakfast, having satisfied himself before the mirror that his dress was faultless, and his expression saintly, he went out and travelled by rail from Sloane Square to West Kensington, whence he walked to Laurel Grove.”
“Is that what you call saintly, spending all your time with Lady”
“When I was a baby and toddler, I learned to walk by hanging onto the head and ears of a very patient - one might say "saintly" - basset hound named Rebel.”
“The problem of demarcation also plagues the paradigm case of supererogatory behavior, the so-called saintly and heroic acts.”
“On July 29, 1894, God called my saintly and much-tried Father to”
“On July 29, 1894, God called my saintly and much-tried Father to Himself.”
“The resignation might almost be called saintly, were it not that it seems to spring rather from the natural melancholy and sadness of Shakespeare's disposition; “the world is a hard, all-hating world,” he seems to say, “and misery is the natural lot of man; defeat comes to all; why should I hope for any better fortune?””
“The resignation might almost be called saintly, were it not that it seems to spring rather from the natural melancholy and sadness of Shakespeare's disposition; "the world is a hard, all-hating world," he seems to say, "and misery is the natural lot of man; defeat comes to all; why should I hope for any better fortune?”
“It results in the kind of character that is known as saintly, and is generally accompanied by a strong deficiency in the matter of humour.”
“For in the ninth year Persephone sends the souls of those from whom she has received the penalty of ancient crime back again from beneath into the light of the sun above, and these are they who become noble kings and mighty men and great in wisdom and are called saintly heroes in after ages.”
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