holy water


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holy water

n.
Water blessed by a priest and used for religious purposes.

holy water

n
(Ecclesiastical Terms) water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic rituals of purification

ho′ly wa`ter


n.
water blessed by a priest.
[before 900]
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Noun1.holy water - water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purificationholy water - water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification
H2O, water - binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent
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If she had been a great lady she would have fainted; but as she was only a procurator's wife, she contented herself saying to the Musketeer with concentrated fury, "Eh, Monsieur Porthos, you don't offer me any holy water?"
The holy water have they poisoned with their lustfulness; and when they called their filthy dreams delight, then poisoned they also the words.
I had but to make the sign of the cross, sprinkle some holy water upon them, and call them by their sweet secret names, and the whole rout had been off to the woods, with mad gambol and song, before the eyes of the astonished farmer.
`distributions of court holy water.' Come, let us go and place ourselves under the spout, my dear friend!
The moment the housekeeper saw them she turned about and ran out of the room, and came back immediately with a saucer of holy water and a sprinkler, saying, "Here, your worship, senor licentiate, sprinkle this room; don't leave any magician of the many there are in these books to bewitch us in revenge for our design of banishing them from the world."
Athos gave Raoul some of the holy water. A love as tender as that of a lover for his mistress dwells, undoubtedly, in some paternal hearts toward a son.
Peresilis, who wrote in the tenth century, avers that he grew up out of the ground where a priest had spilled holy water. It is known that Arimaxus was derived from a hole in the earth, made by a stroke of lightning.
Four tall candles stood about it, and on a stool near by there was a shallow brass dish full of holy water, in which a branch of green box-wood was steeping.
"No more has a certain person for holy water," his lordship replied with a bow and a grin and a great jarring laugh afterwards.
She would repeat the same prayers, sprinkle holy water over the sheets, get up, come back to the bed and contemplate the body.
"And bring with him a flask of holy water," added the knight of Bohemia.
He haled it out of the holy water in his hands, and there came afterwards thy horse-seller from the North with a cot and men, and they put the body on the cot and bore it up to the Sahiba's house.'