holy

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adjective ho·ly \ˈhō-lē\

Definition of holy

holier

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holiest

  1. 1 :  exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness

  2. 2 :  divine for the Lord our God is holy — Psalms 99:9 (King James Version)

  3. 3 :  devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity a holy temple holy prophets

  4. 4a :  having a divine quality holy loveb :  venerated as or as if sacred holy scripture a holy relic

  5. 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

holily

play \ˈhō-lə-lē\ adverb

Examples of holy in a Sentence

  1. a holy relic worn by one of the saints

  2. the holy monk spent many hours on his knees in prayer

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Origin and Etymology of holy

Middle English, from Old English hālig; akin to Old English hāl whole — more at whole

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HOLY Defined for English Language Learners

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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

holy

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adjective ho·ly \ˈhō-lē\

Definition of holy for Students

holier

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holiest

  1. 1 :  set apart for the service of God or of a divine being :  sacred a holy temple

  2. 2 :  being a deity the holy Lord God

  3. 3 —used in exclamations to indicate surprise or excitement Holy mackerel! You won!



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