adjective (holier; -est) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hālig; akin to Old English hāl whole — more at whole Date: before 12th century 1. exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness 2. divine <
for the Lord our God is holy — Psalms 99:9(Authorized Version)
3. devoted entirely to the deity or the work of the deity <
a holy temple
holy prophets
4. a. having a divine quality <
holy love
b. venerated as or as if sacred <
holy scripture
a holy relic
5. — used as an intensive <
this is a holy mess
he was a holy terror when he drank — Thomas Wolfe
— often used in combination as a mild oath <
holy smoke
holily adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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