• WordNet 3.6
    • v canonise declare (a dead person) to be a saint "After he was shown to have performed a miracle, the priest was canonized"
    • v canonise treat as a sacred person "He canonizes women"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Canonise to enrol in the canon or list of saints
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S., Fr., from L. canon—Gr. kanōn, a straight rod—kannē, a reed.


In literature:

She was a saint, more worthy of canonisation than some who are found in the calendar.
"The Argosy" by Various
Hence the hero became "Le Lion Amoureux," and the heroine was canonised as "Notre Dame de Thermidor.
"Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913" by Evelyn Baring
This marriage is a short cut to canonisation, that's all.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The church and the people canonised him, and he has become the patron saint of many a Breton village.
"The Argosy" by Various
He was not canonised until 1284.
"The Cathedral Church of York" by A. Clutton-Brock
Of this school the easiest exponent to describe is Antonino of Florence, Archbishop and canonised saint.
"Mediaeval Socialism" by Bede Jarrett
This is the principle followed in the canonisation of saints.
"The Life of Joan of Arc, Vol. 1 and 2 (of 2)" by Anatole France
None were more frequently or fiercely assailed than the canonised saints of the old Catholic Church.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
But the saint was scarcely canonised before his claims to beatitude were impugned.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Of all the abbesses who ruled over this "twin monastery" we know only the names of the first four; and all these were in due time canonised.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ely" by W. D. Sweeting

In science:

Using Proposition 10, we can now prove a ‘canonisation lemma’ that will be central in what follows.
Decidability of definability