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Topic: CHRISTIANITY

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Late Latin sanctus, from Latin, 'holy', from the past participle of sancire 'to confirm, make holy'

saint

noun
     
saint [countable]
1RRC written abbreviation St or St. someone who is given the title 'saint' by the Christian church after they have died, because they have been very good or holy:
Saint Patrick
the saints in heaven
2 informal someone who is extremely good, kind, or patient:
His wife must have been a saint to put up with him for all those years.
3

the patience of a saint

a very large amount of patience:
You need the patience of a saint for this job.
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