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Definition of "holy" []

  • Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred. (adjective)
  • Regarded with or worthy of worship or veneration; revered: a holy book. (adjective)
  • Living according to a strict or highly moral religious or spiritual system; saintly: a holy person. (adjective)
  • Specified or set apart for a religious purpose: a holy place. (adjective)
  • Solemnly undertaken; sacrosanct: a holy pledge. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "holy" in a sentence
  • "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 [219] _to sow the_ holy _seed_ [220] in a _nation_ which was not _holy_, [221] and to give to a people rude and living _without law_, [222] 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."