A saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue. While the English term "saint" originated in Christianity, the term is now used by historians of religion "in a more general way to refer to the state of special holiness that many religions attribute to certain people," with the Jewish Tzadik, the Islamic wali, the Hindu rishi or guru, and the Buddhist arahat or boddhisatva also referred to as saints. Depending on the religion, saints are recognized either through official church recognition or by popular acclaim (see Folk saints).
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More definitions of "saint":
- (verb): Hold sacred.
- (noun): Person of exceptional holiness.
Synonyms: holy man, holy person, angel
Famous quotes containing the word saint:
“The worst of madmen is a saint run mad.”
—Alexander Pope (16881744)
“A few hours mountain climbing turns a rogue and a saint into two roughly equal creatures. Weariness is the shortest path to equality and fraternityand liberty is finally added by sleep.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche (18441900)
“A saint is good who wanders constantly.
Water is good which flows continuously.”
—Punjabi proverb, trans. by Gurinder Singh Mann.