Definition of holy
1 : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness
2 : divine for the Lord our God is holy — Psalms 99:9 (King James Version)
3 : devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity a holy temple holy prophets
4a : having a divine quality holy loveb : venerated as or as if sacred holy scripture a holy relic
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
holilyplay \ˈhō-lə-lē\ adverb
Examples of holy in a Sentence
a holy relic worn by one of the saints
the holy monk spent many hours on his knees in prayer
Recent Examples of holy from the Web
Two Israeli policemen were shot and killed near a holy site in Jerusalem.
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There is a spirit of hate permeating the air — hate toward people who look different from you, who worship in a different holy house from yours.
In his report, Long had a printout of a passage from an Islamic holy book that referenced seeking forgiveness and a prayer passage that indicates repeating the prayer and dying on the same day guarantees the person will go to paradise.
Yesterday, the family of four visited the Tirtha Empul Temple—an ancient water temple with holy springs believed to have magical powers—for the next stop on their trip.
In Islam’s holiest city, two views of the new crown prince are emerging, breaking sharply along generational lines.
His response to the The Soultronics was almost involuntary, pure gospel, as if he’d been caught by the holy ghost.
ISIS propaganda has encouraged its followers to wage attacks in the west during Ramadan; this marks the last week of the Muslim holy month.
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HOLY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of holy for English Language Learners
: connected to a god or a religion
: religious and morally good
—used in phrases that show surprise or excitement
HOLY Defined for Kids
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