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ho·ly

 (hō′lē)
adj. ho·li·er, ho·li·est
1. Belonging to, derived from, or associated with a divine power; sacred.
2. Regarded with veneration or specified for a religious purpose: a holy book; a holy place.
3. Living or undertaken with highly moral or spiritual purpose; saintly: a holy person; a holy way of life.
4. Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence: The pursuit of peace is our holiest quest.
5. Informal Used as an intensive: raised holy hell over the mischief their children did.

[Middle English holi, from Old English hālig; see kailo- in Indo-European roots.]

ho′li·ly adv.
ho′li·ness n.

holy

(ˈhəʊlɪ)
adj, holier or holiest
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of, relating to, or associated with God or a deity; sacred
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) endowed or invested with extreme purity or sublimity
3. (Ecclesiastical Terms) devout, godly, or virtuous
4. holier-than-thou offensively sanctimonious or self-righteous: a holier-than-thou attitude.
5. holy terror
a. a difficult or frightening person
b. Irish informal a person who is an active gambler, womanizer, etc
n, pl -lies
(Ecclesiastical Terms)
a. a sacred place
b. the holy (functioning as plural) persons or things invested with holiness
[Old English hālig, hǣlig; related to Old Saxon hēlag, Gothic hailags, German heilig; see hallow]

ho•ly

(ˈhoʊ li)

adj. -li•er, -li•est.
1. recognized as or declared sacred by religious use or authority; consecrated: holy ground.
2. dedicated or devoted to the service of God, the church, or religion.
3. saintly; pious; devout.
4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
5. venerated as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
6. inspiring fear, awe, or distress: He's a holy terror when he's angry.
[before 900; Middle English holi, Old English hālig, variant of hāleg=hāl whole + -eg -y1; c. Old Saxon hēlag, Old High German heilag, Old Norse heilagr]
ho′li•ly, adv.
syn: holy, sacred, hallowed refer to something that is the object of worship or veneration. holy refers to the divine, that which has its sanctity directly from God or is connected with Him: Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. Something that is sacred is usu. dedicated to a religious purpose by human authority: a sacred shrine. Something that is hallowed has been made holy by being worshiped or venerated: The church graveyard is hallowed ground.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.holy - a sacred place of pilgrimageholy - a sacred place of pilgrimage  
place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"
Adj.1.holy - belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
consecrate, consecrated, dedicated - solemnly dedicated to or set apart for a high purpose; "a life consecrated to science"; "the consecrated chapel"; "a chapel dedicated to the dead of World War II"
sacred - concerned with religion or religious purposes; "sacred texts"; "sacred rites"; "sacred music"
unhallowed, unholy - not hallowed or consecrated

holy

adjective
2. devout, godly, religious, pure, divine, faithful, righteous, pious, virtuous, hallowed, saintly, god-fearing The Indians think of him as a holy man.
devout worldly, earthly, evil, corrupt, secular, immoral, wicked, sinful, unholy, blasphemous, sacrilegious, irreligious, impious
Quotations
"Is that which is holy loved by the gods because it is holy, or is it holy because it is loved by the gods?" [Plato Euthyphro]

holy

adjective
1. Of, from, like, or being a god or God:
2. In the service or worship of God or a god:
3. Regarded with particular reverence or respect:
4. Deeply concerned with God and the beliefs and practice of religion:
Translations
svatýposvátný
hellig
pyhä
svet
szent életû
heilagurheilagur; hreinn í hjarta
神聖な
신성한
sacer
Didysis ketvirtadienisŠventasis Tėvasšventenybėšventumas
svētītssvēts
svet
helig
เป็นที่เคารพบูชา
linh thiêng

holy

[ˈhəʊlɪ] (holier (compar) (holiest (superl)))
A. ADJ [place, book] → sagrado, santo; [church, shrine] → sagrado; [person] → santo; [day] → de precepto
the holiest day in the Jewish calendarel principal día de precepto or la principal fiesta de guardar del calendario judío
holy cow or mackerel or smoke!¡(por) Dios bendito!
holy shit!¡mierda!
to be a holy terror [child] → ser (más malo que) un demonio
B. CPD the Holy Bible Nla Santa Biblia
the Holy City Nla Ciudad Santa
Holy Communion NSagrada Comunión f
the Holy Father Nel Santo Padre
the Holy Ghost Nel Espíritu Santo
the Holy Grail Nel Santo Grial
the Holy Land Nla Tierra Santa
holy man Nsantón m
holy matrimony Nsanto matrimonio m
holy oil Nsantos óleos mpl
holy orders NPLórdenes fpl sagradas
to be in holy ordersser sacerdote
to take holy ordersordenarse sacerdote
the Holy Roman Empire Nel Sacro Imperio Romano Germánico
Holy Saturday NSábado m Santo
the Holy See Nla Santa Sede
the Holy Sepulchre Nel Santo Sepulcro
the Holy Spirit Nel Espíritu Santo
the Holy Trinity Nla Santísima Trinidad
holy war Nguerra f santa
holy water Nagua f bendita
Holy Week NSemana f Santa
Holy Writ (o.f.) NSagradas Escrituras fpl
see also Scripture

holy

[ˈhəʊli] adj [place, site, day] → saint(e); [bread, water] → bénit(e); [ground] → sacré(e)
This is a holy place → C'est un lieu saint.
a holy man → un saint homme
a holy war → une guerre sainteHoly Bible n
the Holy Bible → la sainte BibleHoly Communion nsainte communion f
to take Holy Communion → recevoir la sainte communionHoly Father nSaint-Père mHoly Ghost Holy Spirit nSaint-Esprit mHoly Grail n
(RELIGION) the Holy Grail → le Saint-Graal
(fig)Graal m

holy

adj
(Rel) → heilig; oil, bread, groundgeweiht
holy cow or mackerel! (inf)(ach du) heiliger Strohsack or Bimbam! (inf); holy smoke! (inf)großer Gott! (inf); holy shit! (sl)du liebe Scheiße! (inf); holy terrorNervensäge f (inf), → Landplage f (hum)
n the Holy of Holies (lit)das Allerheiligste; (fig)ein Heiligtum nt

holy

:
Holy Ark
n (Eccl) → Thoraschrein m
Holy Bible
n the holydie Bibel, die Heilige Schrift
Holy City
n the holydie Heilige Stadt
Holy Communion
Holy Father
n the holy (= the Pope)der Heilige Vater
Holy Ghost
Holy Grail
n the holyder Heilige Gral
Holy Land
n the holydas Heilige Land
holy orders
plPriesterweihe f; to be in holydem geistlichen Stand angehören; to take holydie Priesterweihe empfangen
Holy Roman Empire
n the holy (Hist) → das Heilige Römische Reich
Holy Rood
n(heiliges) Kruzifix nt
Holy Saturday
nKarsamstag m
Holy Scripture
ndie Heilige Schrift
Holy See
n the holyder Heilige Stuhl
Holy Sepulchre
n the holydas Heilige Grab
Holy Spirit
n the holyder Heilige Geist
Holy Thursday
n
(in Roman Catholic Church) → Gründonnerstag m
(in Anglican Church) → Himmelfahrtstag m
Holy Trinity
n the holydie Heilige Dreifaltigkeit or Dreieinigkeit
holy war
holy water
nheiliges Wasser; (in Catholic Church) → Weihwasser nt
Holy Week
nKarwoche f
Holy Writ
n (dated) the holydie Heilige Schrift

holy

[ˈhəʊlɪ]
1. adj (-ier (comp) (-iest (superl))) (gen) → santo/a; (ground, bread) → consacrato/a, benedetto/a; (person) → pio/a; (vow) → religioso/a
the Holy Trinity → la Santissima Trinità
a holy terror (fam) → un demonio

holy

(ˈhəuli) adjective
1. (worthy of worship or respect because) associated with God, Jesus, a saint etc; sacred. the Holy Bible; holy ground.
2. good; pure; following the rules of religion. a holy life.
ˈholiness noun
1. the state of being holy.
2. (with capital. with His, ~Your etc) a title of the Pope.
the Holy Father
the Pope.
Holy ˈThursday noun
1. Ascension Day.
2. Maundy Thursday.

holy

مُقَدَّسٌ svatý hellig heilig άγιος santo pyhä sacré svet santo 神聖な 신성한 heilig hellig święty sagrado святой helig เป็นที่เคารพบูชา kutsal linh thiêng 神圣的
References in classic literature ?
As its holiest, it once loved "Thou-shalt": now is it forced to find illusion and arbitrariness even in the holiest things, that it may capture freedom from its love: the lion is needed for this capture.
Monseigneur was in his inner room, his sanctuary of sanctuaries, the Holiest of Holiests to the crowd of worshippers in the suite of rooms without.
It was to teach them, that the holiest amongst us has but attained so far above his fellows as to discern more clearly the Mercy which looks down, and repudiate more utterly the phantom of human merit, which would look aspiringly upward.
The judge said it was the holiest time on record, or something like that.
Yes, by all that is holiest, I love you, and I am entirely yours
He spoke of woman's perfidy, of a wife who had broken her holiest vows, of a home and heart made desolate.
There is a dread, unhallowed necromancy of evil, that turns things sweetest and holiest to phantoms of horror and affright.
He's the holiest thing we have in the kingdom," replied King Kleaver.
The infidels have profaned the holiest of the holies.
An American village at ten o'clock on a summer Sunday is the quietest and peacefulest and holiest thing in nature; but it is a pretty different thing half an hour later.
This holiest of spots was defended from profanation by the strictest edicts of the all-pervading 'taboo', which condemned to instant death the sacrilegious female who should enter or touch its sacred precincts, or even so much as press with her feet the ground made holy by the shadows that it cast.
This Mosque is the holiest place the Mohammedan knows, outside of Mecca.