saintly

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English *saintli (suggested by seyntly (adverb)), equivalent to saint +‎ -ly. Compare saintlike.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈseɪntli/
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saintly (comparative saintlier, superlative saintliest)

  1. Like or characteristic of a saint; befitting a holy person; saintlike.
    Sophie led a saintly life.
    • September 8 2022, Stephen Bates, “Queen Elizabeth II obituary”, in The Guardian[1]:
      She met more than a quarter of all the American presidents who have ever lived, five popes, hundreds of national leaders, from the saintly, such as Nelson Mandela, to the tyrannical, including Robert Mugabe and Nicolae Ceausescu []

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