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1. Christianity
a. Abbr. St. or S. A person officially recognized, especially by canonization, as being entitled to public veneration and capable of interceding for people on earth.
b. A person who has died and gone to heaven.
c. Saint A member of any of various Christian groups, especially a Latter-Day Saint.
2. A person who is venerated for holiness in a non-Christian religious tradition.
3. An extremely virtuous person.
tr.v. saint·ed, saint·ing, saints
1. To name, recognize, or venerate as a saint.
2. To regard or venerate as extremely virtuous.

[Middle English seint, from Old French saint, from Late Latin sānctus, from Latin, holy, past participle of sancīre, to consecrate; see sak- in Indo-European roots.]


any of the editors of the Acta Sanctorum, a critical and official hagiology begun by the Jesuits in the 17th century.
the devotion, veneration, or respect accorded saints.
the writing and critical study of the lives of the saints; hagiology. — hagiographer, n. — hagiographic, hagiographical, adj.
the veneration or worship of saints. — hagiolater, n. — hagiolatrous, adj.
1. the branch of literature comprising the lives and legends of the saints.
2. a biography or narrative of the life of a saint or saints.
3. a collection of such biographies. — hagiologist, n. — hagiologic, hagiological, adj.
an intense dislike for the saints and the holy.


People who have died for the faith or who have been thought worthy of special honor and remembrance by the Church as examples to Christians, and in the Roman Catholic Church as mediators with God.
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KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga (the Senate) on Sunday has also endorsed September 9 as National Hero Shaheed Ahmad Shah and Martyrs Day -- commemorating it with a public holiday.
Among all 53 Senators present in the session, 27 voted in favor of marking of September 9 as National Hero Shaheed Ahmad Shah and Martyrs Day.