holy water

holy water
noun Date: before 12th century water blessed by a priest and used as a purifying sacramental

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Holy Water — • In the earliest Christian times, water was used for expiatory and purificatory purposes, to a way analogous to its employment under the Jewish Law Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Holy Water     Holy Water …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Holy water — Holy Ho ly, a. [Compar. {Holier}; superl. {Holiest}.] [OE. holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation, happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Holy Water — can also refer to water that has been blessed, such as by a priest, and is considered holy. See holy water . For the song of the same name by Big Rich, see Holy Water (song).Infobox Album | Name = Holy Water Type = Album Artist = Bad Company… …   Wikipedia

  • holy water — water blessed by a priest. [bef. 900; ME haliwater, OE haligwaeter] * * * ▪ Christianity       in the Eastern Christian churches and the Roman Catholic Church, special water that has been blessed and is used to bless churches, homes, and articles …   Universalium

  • holy water — n [U] water that has been ↑blessed by a priest …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • holy water — holy ,water noun uncount water that a priest has BLESSED …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • holy water — ► NOUN ▪ water blessed by a priest and used in religious ceremonies …   English terms dictionary

  • holy water — n. R.C.Ch. water blessed by a priest and used (as in the Asperges) as a sacramental …   English World dictionary

  • Holy water — In Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, Oriental Orthodoxy and some other churches, holy water is water which has been sanctified by a priest or bishop for the purpose of baptism or for the blessing of… …   Wikipedia

  • holy water — n. to sprinkle holy water * * * to sprinkle holy water …   Combinatory dictionary

  • holy water — water blessed by a priest …   English contemporary dictionary

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