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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.
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Adj.1.canonized - accorded sacrosanct or authoritative standing
authorised, authorized - endowed with authority
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Had you descended from the Pequod's try-works to the Pequod's forecastle, where the off duty watch were sleeping, for one single moment you would have almost thought you were standing in some illuminated shrine of canonized kings and counsellors.
"Louis XVI was executed because they said he was dishonorable and a criminal," came into Pierre's head, "and from their point of view they were right, as were those too who canonized him and died a martyr's death for his sake.
``The infidel Jew it was merit with heaven to deal with him as I did, else wherefore are men canonized who dip their hands in the blood of Saracens?
Fourth--Some twelve or fifteen canonized Popes and martyrs.
In old Colonel Pyncheon's funeral discourse the clergyman absolutely canonized his deceased parishioner, and opening, as it were, a vista through the roof of the church, and thence through the firmament above, showed him seated, harp in hand, among the crowned choristers of the spiritual world.
By her law none may be canonized until he hath lain dead four generations."
The poor of her day had made her a fine funeral, with tears and benedictions; but, to their great regret, the pious maid had not been canonized, for lack of influence.
Cubao Bishop Honesto Ongtioco said that if Ramos would be canonized, he would be the youngest Filipino saint.
A candidate for sainthood will then be beatified or raised to the altar before being canonized as saint.
Known as an excellent preacher, many were influenced by his teachings, including holy men and women who were later canonized by the Roman Catholic Church such as Saints Teresa of Avila, John of God (San Juan de Dios), Francis Borgia, and Peter of Alcantara.
The Jesuit martyrs were beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1930.
Pope Paul VI will be canonized as a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday, Oct.