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holy

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adjective ho·ly \ˈhō-lē\

Simple Definition of holy

  • : connected to a god or a religion

  • : religious and morally good

  • —used in phrases that show surprise or excitement

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of holy

holier

holiest

  1. 1 :  exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

  2. 2 :  divine <for the Lord our God is holy — Psalms 99:9(Authorized Version)>

  3. 3 :  devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity <a holy temple> <holy prophets>

  4. 4 a :  having a divine quality <holy love> b :  venerated as or as if sacred <holy scripture> <a holy relic>

  5. 5 —used as an intensive <this is a holy mess> <he was a holy terror when he drank — Thomas Wolfe> ; often used in combination as a mild oath <holy smoke>

holily

play \-lə-lē\ adverb

Examples of holy in a sentence

  1. a holy relic worn by one of the saints

  2. <the holy monk spent many hours on his knees in prayer>



Origin and Etymology of holy

Middle English, from Old English hālig; akin to Old English hāl whole — more at whole


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms

Rhymes with holy



HOLY Defined for Kids

holy

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adjective ho·ly \ˈhō-lē\

Definition of holy for Students

holier

holiest

  1. 1 :  set apart for the service of God or of a divine being :  sacred <a holy temple>

  2. 2 :  being a deity <the holy Lord God>

  3. 3 —used in exclamations to indicate surprise or excitement <Holy mackerel! You won!>





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