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

v declare (a dead person) to be a saint

“After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized
canonise, saint
Type of:
adjudge, declare, hold
declare to be

v treat as a sacred person

“He canonizes women”
Type of:
exalt, extol, glorify, laud, proclaim
praise, glorify, or honor

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