from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A day specified for religious observance.


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  • On the same holy day in 1987, not far from Tora Bora and surrounded by up to two hundred Soviet soldiers, bin Laden had witnessed a “miracle,” which he later recounted to a journalist: “A Soviet airplane, a MiG I believe, passed by in front of us, when a group of our Afghan Mujahideen brothers grouped together and attacked.

    The Longest War

  • Mussulman thinks otherwise; there is a physical process which consists in the manner of reciting the dikr in common, and which takes effect especially on Friday, the weekly holy day of Islam.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman

  • (29 September) in the Middle Ages was celebrated as a holy day of obligation, but along with several other feasts it was gradually abolished since the eighteenth century (see FEASTS).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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