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santo I agg. 1.(the masculine form is "santo" before proper nouns that begin with s followed by a consonant; it becomes "sant'" before proper nouns that begin with a vowel and san before proper nouns that begin with a consonant)
(sacro) holy [acqua,guerra, città]
2. santo (seguito da nome proprio)
saint;
(abbreviato) S,St;
san Marco, sant'Andrea, santo Stephano
3. santo
(pio, devoto)
è un sant'uomo
he's a saintly man
condurre una vita santa
to live the life of a saint
5. santo (COLLOQ) (con uso pleonastico)

tutto il santo giorno
the whole blessed day
fatemi il santo piacere di stare zitti!
will you kindly shut up
6. santo ( in exclamazione)

santo cielo!
good heavens!
Madonna santa!
Good Heavens! (literal translation is, of course, Holy Mother)
I Santi
(ognisanti) All Saints' Day
fare santo qcn.
to canonize someone
avere un santo in paradiso
to have friends in high places
non so a che santo votarmi
I don't know which way or where to turn.
avere la pazienza di un santo
to have the patience of a saint
non c'è santo che tenga
there's no getting around it
fare qcs. in santa pace
to leave something in peace

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