Holy definition

hōlē
Spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless; saintly.
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Regarded with or deserving deep respect, awe, reverence, or adoration.
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Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else).
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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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Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence.

The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.

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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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Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
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Dedicated to religious use; belonging to or coming from God; consecrated; sacred.
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A holy thing or place.
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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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(archaic) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in Holy of Holies.
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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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Holy is defined as a place of worship.

An example of holy is a church.

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Regarded with veneration or specified for a religious purpose.

A holy book; a holy place.

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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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(informal) Used as an intensive.

Raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.

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(slang) Very much of a.

A holy terror.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
holy
Plural:
holies

Adjective

Base Form:
holy
Comparative:
holier
Superlative:
holiest

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