Holy Roller


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Holy Roller

n. Offensive
Used as a disparaging term for a member of any of various Christian denominations in which spiritual fervor is expressed by shouts and violent body movements.

Holy Roller

n
(Theology) derogatory a member of a sect that expresses religious fervour in an ecstatic or frenzied way

Ho′ly Roll′er


n.
usage: This term is a slur and should be avoided. It is perceived as insulting.
n.
Slang: Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a member of a Pentecostal sect marked by the frenetic excitement expressed during services.)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Holy Roller - a member of a religion that expresses ecstatic fervor
church member, churchgoer - a religious person who goes to church regularly
Translations
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I called him a holy roller with all his praying and reading the Bible.
IT was a Holy Roller with a difference as a new train named Durham Cathedral pulled into Newcastle.
Other nondescript films included Holy Roller, The Conspirator, Tomorrow When the World Began, Sucker Punch, The Resident, Hall Pass, The Adjustment Bureau, The Rite, West is West, I Am Number Four, Just Go With It, Never Let Me Go, A Little Bit of Heaven, Henry's Crime, Dream House and Reuniting the Rubins.
My great-grandmother Myrtle was what her fellow Oklahomans used to call a "real holy roller.
The words suggested she "found her drum" in a preacher's voice and a variety of traditional music backed movements that hinted at one of those Holy Roller churches where participants really let themselves go.
That's because they were all Southerners, black and white, who were formed by a common experience of juke joint blues, Holy Roller church music, and the Saturday night Grand Ole Opry.
To quote from the review in hardcover in KLIATT, July 2002: Teri, a high school freshman in a small town in northern California, thinks of herself as "a Nobody" At home, she is overshadowed by her beautiful divorced mother and older sister, both of whom live for the men in their lives; at school, she is neither a Rowdy nor a Holy Roller, the two main cliques, and her crushes on boys seem to be unreciprocated.
Ripley (best known for musicals) especially shines, playing Olivia as a mix of a holy roller, Marilyn Monroe, and a chicken.
transformed me into a holy roller of words and worlds,
Youth and Young Manhood is the album and on it you'll find the singles Molly's Chambers, Holy Roller Novocaine and Red Morning Light and, also, a lot of tracks that appeared on an EP they released long before the album.
Give Manzoori an old-man mullet and weird beard and we've got ourselves a holy roller.