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1. A person sanctified; a holy or godly person; one eminent for piety and virtue; any true Christian, as being redeemed and consecrated to God. "Them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints." (1 Cor. I. 2)

2. One of the blessed in heaven. "Then shall thy saints, unmixed, and from the impure Far separate, circling thy holy mount, Unfeigned hallelujahs to thee sing." (Milton)

3. One canonised by the church. [Abbrev. St] Saint Andrew's cross A cross shaped like the letter X.

Chorea; so called from the supposed cures wrought on intercession to this saint.

Origin: F, fr. L. Santcus sacred, properly p.p. Of sancire to render sacred by a religious act, to appoint as sacred; akin to sacer sacred. Cf. Sacred, Sanctity, Sanctum, Sanctus.

(01 Mar 1998)