American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Obsolete Something considered holy.
- n. Obsolete A sanctuary.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Holiness; sanctity; sacred honor; also, something regarded as sacred, as a relic: formerly much used in solemn oaths or adjurations.
- n. A sanctuary.
- n. Lands held of a religious foundation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic Holiness; sanctity; sacred oath; sacred things; sanctuary; -- used chiefly in oaths.
- n. rare Holy doom; the Last Day.
- Old English hāliġdōm, corresponding to holy + -dom. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English hāligdōm : hālig, holy; see holy + -dōm, -dom. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Why, a halidom is a halidom," said the fat man, thoughtfully; "and belongs to kings.”
“Villagers hailed the party in soft voices as it proceeded to the halidom.”
“By my halidom!" and all the rest of the sweepings and tailings of Scott and the third-rate romanticists.”
“The site may even become a halidom, like Thermopylae or Bodhgaya, around which hearts can irrationally rally.”
“Today church bells rang in Norway, as they had done for a lifetime or more in Denmark, yes, above that halidom of the Mother where he and the garland girl had offered flowers ...”
“Carven dragons reared over its gables; horns of elk and aurochs above the doors were gilded; pillars within bore the images of gods - save for Wodan, who had a richly bedecked halidom nearby.”
“Strangely, at this halidom the Wanderer forbade bloodshed.”
“By my halidom you draw a good bow, young master," said Rob's queer comrade to him in the interval allowed for rest.”
“Now by my halidom!" quoth the King, while his brow grew black.”
“By my halidom, I am glad it was not me you struck, my gentle friend!" quoth Robin, fixing an arrow upon the string.”
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