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holiness

noun ho·li·ness \ ˈhō-lē-nəs \

Definition of holiness

1 : the quality or state of being holy used as a title for various high religious dignitaries
  • His Holiness the Pope

Examples of holiness in a Sentence

  1. the holiness of this sacred place

  2. known throughout the world for his holiness, the prophet was visited daily by hundreds of pilgrims

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First Known Use of holiness

before 12th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


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holiness

adjective, often capitalized

Definition of holiness

: emphasizing the doctrine of the second blessing; specifically : of or relating to a perfectionist movement arising in U.S. Protestantism in the late 19th century

First Known Use of holiness

1888

Other Christian Religious Terms


HOLINESS Defined for English Language Learners

holiness

noun

Definition of holiness for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being holy

  • Holiness —used in the titles of high religious officials


HOLINESS Defined for Kids

holiness

noun ho·li·ness \ ˈhō-lē-nəs \

Definition of holiness for Students

1 : the quality or state of being holy
  • the holiness of saints
2 used as a title for persons of high religious position
  • His Holiness the Pope


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