holy water


: water blessed by a priest and used as a purifying sacramental

Examples of holy water in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cook those coin-bugs belly-side down, and make sure to swing your jar of holy water through several ghosts to get the creamiest sorbet. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2024 Basil is especially significant not just for cooking but it’s used in the blessing of the holy water. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Laid on top of the eerie beats that have become the norm in his hometown, his raps cast a spell that can only be broken with a splash of holy water. Alphonse Pierre, Pitchfork, 2 Jan. 2024 Each volador takes a turn walking around the tree with the incense and flowers, and sprinkling it with holy water and aguardiente. Leila Miller, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2023 The Herrmann’s bottle of holy water tipped over for no apparent reason. Sophie Hanson, Harper's BAZAAR, 4 Aug. 2022 The healing quality of holy water is the formal source of this work. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Oct. 2023 But despite a suitcase filled with all the usual tools to dispatch vampires — holy water, a crucifix, a wooden stake and silver hammer — things don’t go as planned. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Aug. 2023 They would also likely have been used as containers, holding wine, honey, beer, medicines, scented oils, holy water, mercury, or perfumes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 3 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of holy water was before the 12th century

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“Holy water.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20water. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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holy water

: water blessed by a priest and used to purify

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