odor of sanctity

odor of sanctity
Etymology: translation of Medieval Latin odor sanctitatis
1. : a fragrance held to proceed from the person, clothing, or domicile of a saint during life or after death

died in the odor of sanctity and … was canonized — Charles Speroni

2.
a. : an appearance of or reputation for goodness and righteousness

the odor of sanctity that seemed to cling about his every utterance — Kenneth Roberts

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odor of sanctity,
1. a sweet odor said to have been exhaled from the bodies of certain saints at death or on disinterment, and held to be evidence of their sanctity.
2. established reputation for sanctity or holiness: »

... the odor of its sanctity—and golly how it stank (G. K. Chesterton).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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