from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
- adj. Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book.
- adj. Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person.
- adj. Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place.
- adj. Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct: a holy pledge.
- adj. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
- adj. Informal Used as an intensive: raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.
- adj. Revered in a religion.
- adj. Perfect or flawless.
- adj. Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
- adj. Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
- adj. Used as an intensifier in various interjections.
- n. A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood.
- adj. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Consecrated; set apart for religious use or uses; of sacred or religious character or quality: as, the holy priesthood; the holy sabbath; holy oil; holy thoughts.
- Perfect in religious character and the practices of devotion; sanctified; saintly.
- Exhibiting, indicating, or befitting sanctity of life; devout; righteous.
- A eulogia, or piece of blessed bread.
- A person who carried the holy water.
- Same as morning-star (a weapon)
- In hunting, the tail of a fox.
- Synonyms Sacred, dedicated, sanctified. See religion.
- 2 and Devout, divine, immaculate, saintly.
- n. A holy man; a saint: same as hallow.
- n. plural Sacred rites; devotions.
- n. A place of worship; a sacred place.
- n. The inner or western division of the Jewish tabernacle, as distinguished from the outer part, called the holy place. The holy of holies was inclosed on three sides by the walls of the tabernacle, while on the fourth or eastern side a veil, ornamented with figures of cherubim, and suspended from four pillars of shittim-wood overlaid with gold, separated it from the holy place (Ex. xxvi. 31; xxxvi. 35). The holy of holies was a perfect cube in its dimensions, the length, breadth, and height being each ten cubits. In it stood the ark of the testament, or ark of the covenant, of shittim-wood over-laid with gold. Upon the ark was the capporeth or golden mercy-seat, the place of the divine presence (Ex. xxv. 22), and on the capporeth were two cherubim, also of gold, both facing toward its center. No one but the high priest entered the holy of holies, and he only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Lev. xvi.). Also called the most holy place and the oracle.
- n. The sanctuary or bema of a Christian church: used especially by the Greek and other Oriental churches.
- n. Among the Nestorians, a small recess at the east end of a church, containing nothing but a cross. No one, not even the priest, is allowed to enter it.
- To canonize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
- n. a sacred place of pilgrimage
Rhejjub had been a great traveller in his day; had wandered over many portions of Arabia, and visited the holy city of Mecca; thus gaining the valuable privileges of a Suyud or _holy man_, which title alone was a passport and safeguard amongst even the lawless Ghilgyes and
Not content with this the bishop also committed to him his own authority  _to sow the_ holy _seed_  in a _nation_ which was not _holy_,  and to give to a people rude and living _without law_,  the law of life and of discipline.
When God says, 'I am holy: _I make holy_,' we see that one of the chief elements of His Holiness is this, that it seeks to communicate itself, to make partaker of its own perfection and blessedness.
'I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God: ye shall therefore _be holy, for I am holy_'
And one cried to another, and said, _Holy, holy, holy_ is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory. '
'And the four living creatures, they have no rest day and night, saying, _Holy, holy, holy_ is the Lord God, the Almighty, which was, and which is, and which is to come.'
His Holiness is an infinite energy that only finds its rest in making holy: to the revelation of what He is in Himself, 'I the Lord _am holy_,' God continually adds the declaration of what He does, 'I am the Lord that
'Like as He which _called you_ is holy, be ye yourselves also _holy_; and if ye
We shall understand that to be redeemed in Christ is to be holy in Christ, and the call of our redeeming God will acquire new meaning: 'I am _holy_:
Accordingly it fell to my lot to assume the appearance of madness, which made greatly for my purpose, as they consider mad men to be holy, and they therefore allowed me to go much more at large than before, until such time as the hermits might determine whether I were _holy mad_, or raging mad, as shall be shewn hereafter.