cleanliness is next to godliness

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of cleanliness is next to godliness

used to say that it is almost as important to be clean as it is to be good

Word by Word Definitions

cleanly play cleanliness
  1. : in a clean manner

  1. : careful to keep clean : fastidious

  2. : habitually kept clean

next play
  1. : immediately adjacent (as in place, rank, or time)

  2. : any other considered hypothetically

  1. : nearest or adjacent to

  1. : in the time, place, or order nearest or immediately succeeding

  2. : on the first occasion to come

  1. : one that is next

godly play godliness
  1. : divine

  2. : pious, devout


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