A saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue. While the English term "saint" originated in Christianity, the term is now used by historians of religion "in a more general way to refer to the state of special holiness that many religions attribute to certain people," with the Jewish Tzadik, the Islamic wali, the Hindu rishi or guru, and the Buddhist arahat or boddhisatva also referred to as saints. Depending on the religion, saints are recognized either through official church recognition or by popular acclaim (see Folk saints).
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More definitions of "saint":
- (verb): Hold sacred.
- (noun): Model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal.
Synonyms: ideal, paragon, nonpareil, apotheosis, nonesuch, nonsuch
Famous quotes containing the word saint:
“Its impossible to represent a saint [in Art]. It becomes boring. Perhaps because he is, like the Saturday Evening Post people, in the position of having almost infinitely free will.”
—W.H. (Wystan Hugh)
“A saint addicted to excessive self-abnegation is a dangerous associate; he may infect you with poverty, and a stiffening of those joints which are needed for advancementin a word, with more renunciation than you care forand so you flee the contagion.”
—Victor Hugo (18021885)
“The saint and poet seek privacy to ends the most public and universal: and it is the secret of culture, to interest the man more in his public, than in his private quality.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882)