Definitions

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  • n. A member of any Christian church characterized by ecstatic behaviour; especially of the Pentecostal Church.
  • n. A devoutly religious Christian person.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of a religion that expresses ecstatic fervor

Etymologies

From the fact that devout Pentecostals would roll on the floor of the church as a sign of being possessed by the Holy Spirit. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • So was our new next-door neighbor, Mrs. Moxley, who lived in a pink stucco house and held Holy Roller prayer-meetings late into the night.

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  • Americana with Holy Roller and Come Rain or Shine or taking it way, way down with the ballads

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  • From the Holy Roller to Hatteberg winning the 20th in a row, Bill King was there.

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  • All the Holy Roller preachers today, trot there hillbilly or Hollywood wives out--they shape 'em up, like Creflo Dollar has turned his Gawja country girl wife into a high society dame now, made a preacher out of her like Doctor Gene Scott made a preacher out of his last wife, Melissa, an Italian-born babe who's weird as hell but also enticingly Eve-like in her long crimped hair, her cool glasses, topped off by her slightly off-key angelic way of country singing, which she does, she sings and she preachers and she literally keeps the exact same expression on her face not matter what the hell she's doing.

    Emptying My Head of Passing Thoughts

  • But then ah hell, Doctor Gene is nothing but a Holy Roller who lost his faith and went to evil Stanford and got a PhD in Educational Psychology or some such weirdo teacher's college doctorate--the son of a Holy Roller preacher and his preachin' wife--Holy Rollers allow women to preach going against Paul's advice that women should be seen and not heard--but then, I think they have to admit that Paul was probably a Sadist, if sexual at all, homosexual, some say and cripple, struck by polio, that being the bright light that blinded his old ass when he was working for the Romans killing Jewish dissidents--the main reason Jesus was hanged by the Romans because he refused to recognize Caesar as the Divine ruler of the world and not Jesus's dad, the Jewish god Jehovah.

    Emptying My Head of Passing Thoughts

  • Spirit-Fruit, Millerite and Dowieite, Holy Roller and Holy Jumper,

    The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition

  • It happens not merely to Christian Science and New Thought religions, Mazdaznan and Zionist, Holy Roller and

    The Profits of Religion, Fifth Edition

  • It happens not merely to Christian Science and New Thought religions, Mazdaznan and Zionist, Holy Roller and Mormon religions, but to Catholic and Episcopalian, Presbyterian and Methodist and Baptist religions.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

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