Definition of saintly in English:

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saintly

Pronunciation: /ˈsāntlē/

adjective (saintlier, saintliest)

1Very holy or virtuous: a truly saintly woman
More example sentences
  • Undertaking religious pilgrimage is a seen as a meritorious practice since it focuses the mind on places associated with the Buddha, saintly people, or holy objects.
  • To paint this man as a saintly, pious ‘spiritual leader’ is obscene.
  • While I do think the saints have spiritual maturity, often very saintly people and profoundly religious people struggle with other personality conflicts.
Synonyms
holy, godly, pious, religious, devout, spiritual, prayerful;
virtuous, righteous, good, moral, innocent, sinless, guiltless, irreproachable, spotless, uncorrupted, pure, angelic
1.1Relating to a saint: a crypt for some saintly relic
More example sentences
  • Worship of saintly relics became a pressing theological concern in the high Middle Ages.
  • Somehow, though, the body and its components have recently gained the holy quality previously reserved for saintly relics.
  • The new film deals with the infamous Borgia family which produced no less than two saintly Popes in Italy during the 14th and 15th century.

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Syllabification: saint·ly

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