holy: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (hō'lē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -li•er, -li•est, -lies.
  1. specially 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: a holy man.
  3. saintly; godly; pious; devout: a holy life.
  4. having a spiritually pure quality: a holy love.
  5. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred: a holy relic.
  6. religious: holy rites.
  7. inspiring fear, awe, or grave distress: The director, when angry, is a holy terror.
  1. a place of worship; sacred place; sanctuary.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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