When you canonize a person, you put him on a pedestal — in other words, you think he’s so wonderful that he can do no wrong.

You might canonize your grandmother after she dies, choosing to remember her as a saint who never raised her voice and was kind to everyone. When the Roman Catholic Church canonizes someone, it has a slightly different meaning. The Church canonizes people who have performed miracles and are declared — literally — to be saints. The literal meaning is “place in the canon of saints,” and it comes from the Latin canon, “church rule.”

Definitions of canonize
  1. verb

    declare (a dead person) to be a saint

    “After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was
    canonise, saint
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    type of:

    adjudge, declare, hold

    declare to be

  2. verb

    treat as a sacred person

    canonizes women”
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    type of:

    exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim

    praise, glorify, or honor

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