holy of holies
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holy of ho·lies(hō′lēz)
1. Judaism The sanctuary inside the tabernacle in the Temple of Jerusalem, in which the Ark of the Covenant was kept.
2. Eastern Orthodox Church The bema or sanctuary in a church.
3. A place of awe.
[Translation of Late Latin sānctum sānctōrum (ultimately translation of Hebrew qōdeš haq-qodāšîm) : sānctum, neuter of sānctus, holy + sānctōrum, neuter genitive pl. of sānctus.]
holy of holies
1. any place of special sanctity
2. (Judaism) (capitals) the innermost compartment of the Jewish tabernacle, and later of the Temple, where the Ark was enshrined
ho′ly of ho′lies
the innermost chamber of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem, in which the ark of the covenant was kept.
[1350–1400; Middle English, translation of Late Latin sanctum sanctōrum, translation of Greek tò hágion tôn hagíōn, itself translation of Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm]
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|Noun||1.||holy of holies - (figurative) something regarded as sacred or inviolable; "every politician fears to touch that holy of holies, the Social Security System"|
sacredness - the quality of being sacred
|2.||holy of holies - (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept|
sanctuary - a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
Tabernacle - (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud