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saint

noun uk   /seɪnt/ /sənt/ us  
C1 [C] ( written abbreviation St) (the title given to) a person who has received an official honour from the Christian, especially the Roman Catholic, Church for having lived in a good and holy way. The names of saints are sometimes used to name places and buildings: Saint Peter St Andrew's school Saint Paul's Cathedral [C usually singular] a very good, kind person: She must be a real saint to stay with him all these years. He has the patience of a saint with those kids.
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  • Saint John
  • Saint Andrew
  • St Philips Rd
  • a martyred saint
  • These bones are the relics of a 12th-century saint.
sainthood
noun [U] uk   /ˈseɪnt.hʊd/ us  
saintliness
noun [U] uk   /ˈseɪnt.li.nəs/ us  
saintly
adjective uk   /ˈseɪnt.li/ us  
Her saintly manner concealed a devious mind.
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