Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being saintly.

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

  • noun Quality of being saintly.

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  • noun The distinguishing property possessed by someone who is considered to be saintly.

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  • noun the quality of resembling a saint

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Examples

  • Moreover, the fuller appreciation of the idea of saintliness, and the higher esteem of the mystical elements in Judaism -- ideas scarcely to be divorced from asceticism -- have helped to confirm the newer attitude.

    The Book of Delight and Other Papers

  • How can I possibly live up to that kind of saintliness?

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • How can I possibly live up to that kind of saintliness?

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  • The author, who devotes the last part of his book to the philosophy and the writings of Sri Aurobindo, is more than discreet about the part played by the Mother and presents a picture of Ashram austerity and saintliness which is at variance with this reviewer's memory of the facts.

    Six pillars vs. Scepticism

  • The author, who devotes the last part of his book to the philosophy and the writings of Sri Aurobindo, is more than discreet about the part played by the Mother and presents a picture of Ashram austerity and saintliness which is at variance with this reviewer's memory of the facts.

    Archive 2005-11-01

  • Bowe realised that he could never reach such "saintliness", but their story, he said, taught him many lessons.

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  • He does not consider that if certain emotional states, certain developments of character, and what in the highest sense can be called "saintliness" are inherently and by inspection known to be good, then the satisfactory explanation of the world must be an explanation which will admit the "reality" of these values.

    Pascal's Pensées

  • Debates over female ordination tempt one to mention women's allegedly inherent nurturing qualities and the saintliness often ascribed to femininity, but I don't believe in any of that.

    Jennifer Armstrong: Why We Need Female Spiritual Leaders

  • Debates over female ordination tempt one to mention women's allegedly inherent nurturing qualities and the saintliness often ascribed to femininity, but I don't believe in any of that.

    Jennifer Armstrong: Why We Need Female Spiritual Leaders

  • Debates over female ordination tempt one to mention women's allegedly inherent nurturing qualities and the saintliness often ascribed to femininity, but I don't believe in any of that.

    Jennifer Armstrong: Why We Need Female Spiritual Leaders

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