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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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(ˈkænəˌnaɪzə) or


a person who canonizes
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In "Landon the Equivocal Canonizer: Constructing an Elegiac Chain of Women Poets in the Classroom," Pedagogy 18, no.
In 1950, 11-year-old Maria Goretti was sainted for defending her virginity, while her canonizer Pope Pius XII lauded her for her chastity.
"Canonizing the Canonizer: A Short History of The Norton Anthology of English Literature." Critical Inquiry 35.2 (2009): 293-318.
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 ...
Key among those factors was, on the one hand, the work of 'canonizers' such as the Albanian/Syrian hadith expert Muhammad al-Albani and the Saudi scholar Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz, and, on the other hand, the oil wealth of Saudi Arabia, the state that became the epicentre of Salafism in the 1960s.
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).