plaster saint

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Noun1.plaster saint - a person (considered to be) without human failings; "he's no plaster saint"
good person - a person who is good to other people
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His Tories were "a bunch of monsters with vile intentions" no matter how hard the plaster saint now tries to rewrite history.
Jomarie Alano, by including photographs, glossary, extensive notes, bibliography, and index, has produced a sympathetic, rounded, complete biography without falling victim to the seductive temptation, perhaps particular to biography, of creating a plaster saint. The author has also provided a work that enables the reader to understand resistance as a crucial component of post-World War II Italian history.
I don't like the way I feel toward them, but the feeling is revelatory: I can't be a plaster saint, even for a four-hour stint in the food pantry.
She was no plaster saint. She came as close as any dutiful, Christian, Victorian daughter could to acknowledging that her mother was a lying, malicious, utterly self-centred woman.
He is no plaster saint. He has made mistakes and, because he accepts and acknowledges his frailties, he is all the more understanding of those who come to him for guidance, spiritual or otherwise.
Like Kipling's "Tommy", he was not always a "plaster saint" and some of his scrapes--and related near escapes--are vividly described.
But Ingrid was no plaster saint, with her marriage on the rocks she had already had an affair with the photographer Robert Capa.
Allen, a white South African journalist and Archbishop Tutu's press officer for nearly 30 years, writes this authorized biography as an insider but he writes about no plaster saint. Archbishop Tutu could exhibit a flaming temper, and a huge ego which more than once caused him to make serious errors of judgment.
Whether or not you wind up liking the man after reading this book--and you probably will--you will have to admit that he is no plaster saint. This book is the life and times of a fighting marine told with blunt honesty, and to hell with the consequences.
The moral of the story is that in turning Kharrazi into a plaster saint, Iran's leadership also absorbed him, robbing him of his distinguishing subversiveness.
The life of a plaster saint rather than a human being, it will satisfy those Catholics who believe that John Paul II set the agenda for Catholicism for the next century and beyond, leaving nothing for future popes, bishops, or laity to do except follow his lead.
Nancy Knickerbocker, No Plaster Saint: The Life of Mildred Osterhout Fahrni (Vancouver: Talonbooks, 2001)