Meaning of odour of sanctity in English:

odour of sanctity


  • 1A sweet odour reputedly emitted by the bodies of saints at or near death.

    • ‘As with the odour of sanctity, the stench of sin was believed to be particularly noticeable when the soul left the body at the time of death.’
    1. 1.1A state of holiness.
      ‘His manual for organizers points out that mobilizing the religious community imparts the odor of sanctity to a left-wing social agenda.’
      • ‘Made dogma in the Christian doctrine of the ‘odor of sanctity,’ that moral interpretation of corrupt and incorruptible flesh permeated secular culture as well.’