Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To declare (a deceased person) to be a saint and entitled to be fully honored as such.
  • transitive verb To include in the biblical canon.
  • transitive verb To include in a literary canon.
  • transitive verb To approve as being within canon law.
  • transitive verb To treat as sacred; glorify.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To enroll officially in the canon or catalogue of the saints; declare to be a saint; regard as a saint. See canonization.
  • To admit into the canon, as of Scripture.
  • To embody in canons.
  • Also spelled canonise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb (Eccl.) To declare (a deceased person) a saint; to put in the catalogue of saints.
  • transitive verb To glorify; to exalt to the highest honor.
  • transitive verb rare To rate as inspired; to include in the canon.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To establish as a formal, standard rule.
  • verb transitive To declare (a person) as a saint.
  • verb transitive To glorify; to exalt to the highest honour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb treat as a sacred person
  • verb declare (a dead person) to be a saint

Etymologies

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canon +‎ -ize

Examples

  • One technique could be described as "canonize and control."

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  • What is it about Purim that compelled the rabbis to "canonize" this drama, requiring every Jewish community to read the Megila twice each year - accompanied by rituals such as mishloach manot, gifts to the poor, and an elaborate banquet?

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  • What is it about Purim that compelled the rabbis to "canonize" this drama, requiring every Jewish community to read the Megila twice each year - accompanied by rituals such as mishloach manot, gifts to the poor, and an elaborate banquet?

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  • (supposing it to be a fact,) is but the correlative of the old one; and since it was Eusebius who was the voucher for that, what additional probability do we establish that the inspired autograph of S. Mark ended abruptly at ver. 8, by discovering that Eusebius is consistent with himself, and omits to "canonize" (or even to "sectionize") what he had already hypothetically hinted might as well be left out altogether?

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  • Likewise, the quick rush to canonize the great Pope John Paul II is another example of a beautiful human life declared not sufficiently inspiring unless it is coated in veneration and sainthood.

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  • Likewise, the quick rush to canonize the great Pope John Paul II is another example of a beautiful human life declared not sufficiently inspiring unless it is coated in veneration and sainthood.

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  • Could be – but lets wait a few years before we canonize him.

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  • Likewise, the quick rush to canonize the great Pope John Paul II is another example of a beautiful human life declared not sufficiently inspiring unless it is coated in veneration and sainthood.

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  • The pope will canonize Australia 's first saint Sunday, the co-founder of an order that works among the poorest.

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  • When the Vatican decided to canonize him, their investigation reportedly revealed that the humble Indian lad had actually been a prince, the son of a king of Texcoco, who helped Cortes defeat the Aztecs.

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