holy city


: a city that is the center of religious worship and traditions

Examples of holy city in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mourning process will continue with funerals in two additional cities on Thursday, culminating in Raisi’s burial in the holy city of Mashhad on Friday. Roland Oputa, The Mercury News, 30 May 2024 Ben Mayor emphasized that like in previous years – and during all other religious holidays in the holy city – the Israeli police was beefing up its forces to maintain order and reduce the chances of terror. Ruth Marks Eglash, Fox News, 14 Mar. 2024 There was more anger at a funeral Wednesday in the holy city of Karbala for 17 other slain militiamen, attended by local politicians, religious leaders and members of the country’s military, where relatives emphasized the militiamen’s service to Iraq. Abigail Hauslohner, Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2024 Jerusalem, especially, was a source of contention: Israelis and Palestinians alike claimed the holy city as their capital. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 1 Feb. 2024 The streets of this holy city (the film was shot in and around Matera, Italy) bustle with action and teem with intergenerational families. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2024 Spontaneously, Arab Israelis in many Israeli cities rose up in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem, enabling Hamas to reconnect with Palestinians outside Gaza and present itself as the protector of the holy city. Foreign Affairs, 11 Dec. 2023 Visitors pay homage to Kabir at a shrine in the holy city of Varanasi, where the poet grew up, and also at a tomb a few hours north in Maghar, said to hold the remains of the poet. Kalpana Jain, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 Fatemeh Sepehri, an Iranian women’s rights activist based in the holy city of Mashhad, appeared on a satellite television channel to harshly criticize the regime for killing protesters. Mohammad Ayatollahi Tabaar, Foreign Affairs, 12 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of holy city was in the 14th century

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“Holy city.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20city. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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