Definition of saintly in English:



  • 1Very holy or virtuous.

    ‘a truly saintly woman’
    • ‘In fact, those compelled to eat perfectly organic, nutritious, pure foods often feel a step above the rest of us - saintly and self-righteous.’
    • ‘Similarly, on other occasions, pictures or images of gurus and saintly people have been seen miraculously to produce holy water or ash.’
    • ‘Reminiscent of a young Roger Moore, he plays with a sincerity and conviction in keeping with a saintly character who doesn't appear to have a wicked thought or a bad bone in his body.’
    • ‘The practice of mutual reverence for each other's spiritual and saintly figures will promote genuine mutual respect.’
    • ‘The man's upturned eyes and tilted head play off traditional saintly poses in Spanish religious sculpture.’
    • ‘To paint this man as a saintly, pious ‘spiritual leader’ is obscene.’
    • ‘As our power of resistance has got exhausted, we have shun our frustration, and learnt the enviable and saintly art of satisfaction, stoicism and endurance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His film includes a wonderful scene where Sister Bridget cries when watching The Bells Of Saint Mary's, obviously sees herself in the saintly Ingrid Bergman role.’
    • ‘Kinsey is a biopic that does not conspire to paint an immaculate, saintly, and ultimately one-dimensional portrait of its subject.’
    • ‘Clad in a tight-fitting suit that seems one size too short, and clutching his briefcase as if it contained the Holy Grail, he exudes an almost saintly goodness.’
    • ‘In doing so, the first Pope from a united Germany has identified himself with the austere and saintly monk who saved the culture of Western Europe during the Dark Ages.’
    • ‘While I do think the saints have spiritual maturity, often very saintly people and profoundly religious people struggle with other personality conflicts.’
    • ‘Even where a human life seems to be clearly saintly or sinful, our judgments are not final.’
    • ‘Through this spiritual revalorization of domestic work, Oralia is also turned into a saintly or angelic figure, albeit a humble one.’
    • ‘He would above all be remembered as a most saintly Pontiff whose example to young and old alike will long flourish, and be enshrined deep in the hearts of all who loved and respected him.’
    holy, godly, pious, god-fearing, religious, devout, spiritual, prayerful, blessed
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    1. 1.1 Relating to a saint.
      ‘a crypt for some saintly relic’
      • ‘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.’