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tr.v. can·on·ized, can·on·iz·ing, can·on·iz·es
1. To declare (a deceased person) to be a saint and entitled to be fully honored as such.
2. To include in the biblical canon.
3. To include in a literary canon.
4. To approve as being within canon law.
5. To treat as sacred; glorify.

can′on·i·za′tion (-ĭ-zā′shən) n.
can′on·iz′er n.


(ˈkænəˌnaɪzə) or


a person who canonizes
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In 1950, 11-year-old Maria Goretti was sainted for defending her virginity, while her canonizer Pope Pius XII lauded her for her chastity.
He was also an erudite antiquarian, a wonderful companion for, say, visiting old churches: as a student, he himself had been shown round most of the City of london churches by Sir John Betjeman, poet laureate and canonizer of a certain traditional vision of English life, whom he revered.
This is, though, in keeping with loppolo's assertion that the |only canonizer and constituter of Shakespeare's texts .
Given these perplexities--the stalemate between canonizers and devil's advocates--Starting Point, a collection of Miyazaki's writings first published in 1997 but appearing in English for the first time, could not be timelier (a second volume, Turning Point: 1997-2008, was published in 2008, but has not yet been translated).
The canonizers of the Life faced the difficulty of accounting for Cellini's significance both within and without the model of artisanship--as the mastery of "situations," as a wider way of life, and as printed narrative--emerging from the craft movement.
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