Holy meaning

hō'lē
Holy is defined as a place of worship.

An example of holy is a church.

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Living or undertaken with highly moral or spiritual purpose; saintly.

A holy person; a holy way of life.

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Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
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Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence.

The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.

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Regarded with or deserving deep respect, awe, reverence, or adoration.
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Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
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(archaic) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.
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Used as an intensive.

Raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.

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Spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless; saintly.
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A holy thing or place.
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Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.

I'm planning to visit the holy city of Mecca this Ramadan.

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The definition of holy is religiously sacred or dedicated to God and religion.

An example of holy used as an adjective is the phrase Holy Eucharist which means the bread and body of Christ given at Communion.

An example of a holy person is Mother Theresa.

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Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
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Regarded with veneration or specified for a religious purpose.

A holy book; a holy place.

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Dedicated to religious use; belonging to or coming from God; consecrated; sacred.
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Very much of a.

A holy terror.

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(slang) Used as an intensifier in various interjections.

Holy cow, I can’t believe he actually lost the race!

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Origin of holy

  • Middle English holi from Old English hālig kailo- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English holi, hali, from Old English hāliġ, hāleġ (“holy, consecrated, sacred, venerated, godly, saintly, ecclesiastical, pacific, tame”), from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (“holy, bringing health”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“healthy, whole”), from Proto-Indo-European *kóh₂ilus (“healthy, whole”), equivalent to whole +‎ -y. Cognate with Scots haly (“holy”), West Frisian hillich (“holy”), Low German hillig (“holy”), Dutch heilig (“holy”), German heilig (“holy”), Danish hellig (“holy”), Swedish helig (“holy”). More at whole.
    From Wiktionary