Variant of holy
- dedicated to religious use; belonging to or coming from God; consecrated; sacred
- spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless; saintly
- regarded with or deserving deep respect, awe, reverence, or adoration
- ☆ Slang very much of a: a generalized intensive: a holy terror
Origin: ME holie < OE halig (akin to Ger heilig) < base of OE hal, sound, happy, whole: first used in OE as transl. of L sacer, sanctus, in the Vulg.
noun pl. holies
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