Definition of saintly:
sweet, gracious, holy, pious, seraphic, good, consecrated, numinous, hallowed, religious, blessed, beatific, devoted, divine, prayerful, devout, angelic, religion, saintlike, sanctify, angelical, devotional, sainted, cherubic, set apart, sacred, godly, pietistic, sacrosanct, holiness, pietistical.
- respectable (part of speech: adjective)
- virtuous (part of speech: adjective)
- respectably (part of speech: adverb)
If we read the literature of the time, especially some records of the martyrs under Diocletian, we shall at first perhaps imagine that, apart from some startling exceptions, the conquered party were all vicious and hateful, the conquerors, all wise and saintly.- "Five Stages of Greek Religion", Gilbert Murray.
Her religion is an obscure chaos of theogonies as old as the world, treasured up out of respect for ancient customs; and of more recent ideas about the blessed final annihilation, imported from India by saintly Chinese missionaries at the epoch of our Middle Ages.- "Madame Chrysantheme Complete", Pierre Loti Last Updated: March 4, 2009.
This was followed by a decree ordering all the pastors to celebrate requiem masses for the souls " of all the martyrs of holy Liberalism who had fallen since March, 1869." That was the date of an insurrection against the saintly Moreno.- "The Friars in the Philippines", Ambrose Coleman.