a.1.Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood.
2.Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God.
Holy Alliance
(Hist.) a league ostensibly for conserving religion, justice, and peace in Europe, but really for repressing popular tendencies toward constitutional government, entered into by Alexander I. of Russia, Francis I. of Austria, and Frederic William III. of Prussia, at Paris, on the 26th of September, 1815, and subsequently joined by all the sovereigns of Europe, except the pope and the king of England.
Holy bark
See Cascara sagrada.
Holy Communion
See Eucharist.
Holy family
(Art) a picture in which the infant Christ, his parents, and others of his family are represented.
Holy Father
a title of the pope.
Holy Ghost
(Theol.) the third person of the Trinity; the Comforter; the Paraclete.
Holy Grail
See Grail.
Holy grass
(Bot.) a sweet-scented grass (Hierochloa borealis and Hierochloa alpina). In the north of Europe it was formerly strewed before church doors on saints' days; whence the name. It is common in the northern and western parts of the United States. Called also vanilla grass or Seneca grass.
Holy Innocents' day
Childermas day.
Holy Land
Palestine, the birthplace of Christianity.
Holy office
the Inquisition.
Holy of holies
(Script.) the innermost apartment of the Jewish tabernacle or temple, where the ark was kept, and where no person entered, except the high priest once a year.
Holy One
a - The Supreme Being; - so called by way of emphasis.
b - One separated to the service of God.
- Is. xliii. 14.
Holy orders
See Order.
Holy rood
the cross or crucifix, particularly one placed, in churches. over the entrance to the chancel.
Holy rope
a plant, the hemp agrimony.
Holy Saturday
(Eccl.) the Saturday immediately preceding the festival of Easter; the vigil of Easter.
Holy Spirit
same as Holy Ghost (above).
Holy Spirit plant
See Dove plant.
Holy thistle
(Bot.) the blessed thistle. See under Thistle.
Holy Thursday
a - (Eccl.) Ascension day.
b - (R. C. Ch.) The Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy Thursday.
Holy war
a crusade; an expedition carried on by Christians against the Saracens in the Holy Land, in the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, for the possession of the holy places.
Holy water
(Gr. & R. C. Churches) water which has been blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
Holy-water stoup
the stone stoup or font placed near the entrance of a church, as a receptacle for holy water.
Holy Week
(Eccl.) the week before Easter, in which the passion of our Savior is commemorated.
Holy writ
the sacred Scriptures.
- Wordsworth.
Noun1.holy - a sacred place of pilgrimage
Synonyms: holy place, sanctum
Adj.1.holy - belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
unhallowed, unholy - not hallowed or consecrated
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Holy Eucharist
Holy family
Holy Father
Holy Ghost
Holy Grail
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Holy Innocents' Day
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