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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
holy
adjective
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a holy day
▪ Friday is the Muslim holy day.
a holy/sacred vow
▪ When we get married in church we are making sacred vows.
Holy Bible, the
Holy Communion
Holy Family, the
Holy Father
Holy Ghost, the
Holy Grail
▪ Nuclear fusion is the Holy Grail of energy production.
Holy Land, the
holy matrimony
▪ They were joined together in holy matrimony.
holy of holies
Holy See, the
Holy Spirit
holy war
holy water
Holy Week
Holy Writ
▪ Lenin’s word was by no means accepted as holy writ.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
as
▪ The Bible as holy literature, the oracles of the Logos, has become for them an inanimate object of scientific investigation.
▪ She regarded his promise as holy.
▪ Many of these hills have become known as holy and were often beacon sites.
▪ Some patients regard diabetic clinic days as holy days and fast for them!
most
▪ On such a splendid and most holy day you do not want to read about hurt children.
▪ The Saint died a most holy death on May 2, 1459.
▪ We were the most unholy trinity on the face of the earth, or else the most holy.
■ NOUN
book
▪ Did they tease him about his obedience to his parents, his purity, his allegiance to the holy book?
▪ Those who do not know, or who would reject, this holy book are in exile from their maker.
▪ But then, miracles of that kind only happen in holy books or in out of the way places, without scientific proof.
▪ Theliteral interpretation of the holy book reduced human freedom to a minimum.
city
▪ There was religious dissension in the holy city of Qom and disaffection in many of the tribal areas.
▪ Both sides are hinting about innovative arrangements for Jerusalem that satisfy their desire to claim the holy city as their capital.
▪ In Ashdod, there is an unforgettable chance to visit the holy city of Jerusalem.
▪ He rode his bicycle like a pilgrim on the quest for a holy city.
▪ Pictures smuggled out of the country show for the first time how the Shia's holy city was destroyed.
days
▪ Some patients regard diabetic clinic days as holy days and fast for them!
▪ A letdown was to be expected after the intense activities of high holy days.
▪ They observed holy days and rules of diet and put on black hats and went to the Synagogue.
▪ The couple would only travel to synagogue in Ocala on high holy days.
▪ We know little of its holy days and less about its teachings, which embrace sharing this planet in peace with others.
father
▪ No profit in mind, holy Father.
grail
▪ In fact, perfect information is the unattainable holy grail, but dotcom business brings it that little bit closer.
▪ Legend has it that he obtained the holy grail from the last supper.
▪ Today's proliferating new technologies seem to offer advertisers the chance to reach this holy grail.
▪ For the last few years, the so-called foamless shoe has been the holy grail of the athletic footwear industry.
▪ They announce that they have found the holy grail.
▪ It is her holy grail of sorts.
▪ Instead, we have the enterprise society where profit at any cost has become the holy grail.
land
▪ From up here, the Forest of Dean was a holy land.
▪ Psyche, from the regions which Are holy land!
man
▪ He was Banda's holy man.
▪ Odysseus then must go down and find the spirit of the prophet Teiresias who had been the holy man of Thebes.
▪ And Pepino came to the conclusion that if St Francis, who had been a holy man, had been so too.
▪ As soon as he received it, the holy man who now looked like a scarecrow gave most of it away.
▪ Your zeide is a rabbi, a holy man.
▪ Sartre and Freud were holy men to us.
matrimony
▪ At its strongest, sexuality within holy matrimony was only justified as a necessary part of reproduction.
mountain
▪ We shall fill our bottles with snow from the holy mountain.
▪ A campaign to prevent the desecration of the holy mountain was inevitably going to receive support from the Catholic Church.
people
▪ If socialists are right to perceive losses as a virtue, there are a lot of holy people in the capitalist world.
place
▪ The scabby, festering evil went out of him at the touch of this holy place.
▪ Could I possibly spend the rest of my life in this holy place?
▪ Christians now had what they had never had before: a network of holy places in their towns.
▪ Respect this holy place, and abide all fates with composure, as mankind should.
▪ A holy place, right ...?
▪ When does holy place become wholly misplaced faith?
▪ The Old Testament identifies holy places which were probably early cultic weeping places.
relic
▪ Originally this symbolic seat of power contained holy relics.
▪ Gripping the key in his pocket as if it were a holy relic, he took his first step into the world.
▪ To me there is no such thing as a holy relic or place.
site
▪ The lines are understood locally as tracks linking holy sites.
▪ One cause of conflict in the plot is the presence of a Mosque on a Hindu holy site.
spirit
▪ Tongues of the holy spirit of the woods, that trembled but did not go out.
terror
▪ The prosecutors and defense lawyers regarded Kovitsky as a holy terror.
▪ He's got holy terror written all over his face, and his eyes are bursting with pure demon.
▪ I went to him when I was 15, and he was a holy terror.
▪ As soon as my father was out of the way she became a holy terror.
war
▪ This is a holy war, you know - spiritual health is more important than the physical kind.
▪ That misunderstanding led to holy wars.
▪ But a United Nations expert from Oxford University says action could lead to a holy war.
▪ Political self-interest and holy war combined to demolish for good the huge structure of empire.
▪ They were the perfect soldiers for Aenarion's holy war.
▪ Great Groups are engaged in holy wars.
▪ The intense zeal on both sides is culminating in a sort of end-of-the-century holy war.
▪ Political power lies on the side of those who declare a holy war against inflation.
water
▪ A third held a bucket of holy water towards the priest.
▪ Two girl-sized statues of angels holding fonts of holy water stood by the main door.
▪ A silver dish like a holy water font was fastened to the seat in front of me.
▪ They had been to so many temples and doused themselves with so much holy water, their souls were transparent.
▪ And he was fed the information from myriad channels, to be dispensed with the holy water on Sundays.
▪ Sprinkle dirt just like you sprinkle holy water.
▪ And some of Mr Oats's holy water.
▪ She brought home a large jar of holy water from the cathedral.
well
▪ Like most holy wells, it was a natural spring of water, not a man-made sunken well.
▪ Other sites than stones, such as barrows and holy wells, are also the subject of folklore.
▪ Then Olivia and her brother, dressed in their priestly robes, pour libations into the holy well.
▪ Other natural sites acting as terminal points are prominent rock outcrops, springs and holy wells.
writ
▪ They promptly dumped every economic principle that had once been Labour holy writ.
▪ He stands in front of the cameras and preaches with unmistakable pomposity, treating his opinions as if they were holy writ.
▪ It should be remembered that research findings and conclusions are guidelines, not holy writ.
▪ At that time Freudianizm still prevailed, and Freudian theory was holy writ.
▪ It is legitimate to speculate about the Devil as long as we do not assume that our speculations have the solidity of holy writ.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
be joined in marriage/holy matrimony
take (holy) orders
▪ Clearly modern businesses can not refuse to take orders by telephone.
▪ He wanted to take holy orders, but his father prohibited such a step.
▪ The black alderman took orders from Neistein.
▪ They were no longer the oppressed, wretched teen menials who must take orders, toe the line.
▪ We need to sort of shape ya so you know how to take or, take orders and sit into this machine.
▪ Would they take orders from him?
the Holy Grail
the Holy of Holies
▪ This curtain covered the entrance to the Holy of Holies.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ In Islam, only the Qur'an is considered holy.
▪ Jerusalem is a holy city for Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
▪ the holy month of Ramadam
▪ The Koran is the Islamic holy book.
▪ The priest sprinkled each member of the congregation with holy water.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Both sides are hinting about innovative arrangements for Jerusalem that satisfy their desire to claim the holy city as their capital.
▪ He offered to cook, and because of his holy nature, was acceptable to all.
▪ In consequence, they threw the holy man into the valley below.
▪ Like Noah in his ark, they had traveled across the vast oceanic flood to carry out their holy mission.
▪ The new clergy houses were of a quite different, selfless and holy Gothic architecture.
▪ There are innumerable holy cards and representations of her.
▪ They know that it is a sacred and holy name.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Holy

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 Whole, and cf. Halibut, Halidom, Hallow, Hollyhock.]

  1. Set apart to the service or worship of God; hallowed; sacred; reserved from profane or common use; holy vessels; a holy priesthood. ``Holy rites and solemn feasts.''
    --Milton.

  2. Spiritually whole or sound; of unimpaired innocence and virtue; free from sinful affections; pure in heart; godly; pious; irreproachable; guiltless; acceptable to God. Now through her round of holy thought The Church our annual steps has brought. --Keble. 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.

    1. The Supreme Being; -- so called by way of emphasis. `` The Holy One of Israel.''
      --Is. xliii. 14.

    2. One separated to the service of God. 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. (Eccl.)

      1. (Episcopal Ch.) Ascension day.

      2. (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. `` Word of holy writ.''
        --Wordsworth.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
holy

Old English halig "holy, consecrated, sacred, godly," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cognates: Old Norse heilagr, Old Frisian helich "holy," Old Saxon helag, Middle Dutch helich, Old High German heilag, German heilig, Gothic hailags "holy"). Adopted at conversion for Latin sanctus.\n

\nPrimary (pre-Christian) meaning is not possible to determine, but probably it was "that must be preserved whole or intact, that cannot be transgressed or violated," and connected with Old English hal (see health) and Old High German heil "health, happiness, good luck" (source of the German salutation Heil). Holy water was in Old English. Holy has been used as an intensifying word from 1837; used in expletives since 1880s (such as holy smoke, 1883, holy mackerel, 1876, holy cow, 1914, holy moly etc.), most of them euphemisms for holy Christ or holy Moses.

Wiktionary
holy

a. 1 dedicated to a religious purpose or a god. 2 revere in a religion. 3 perfect or flawless. 4 Separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else). 5 Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person. 6 (context slang English) Used as an intensifier in various interjections. n. (context archaic English) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in (term: Holy of Holies).

WordNet
holy
  1. adj. belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power [ant: unholy]

  2. [also: holiest, holier]

holy
  1. n. a sacred place of pilgrimage [syn: holy place, sanctum]

  2. [also: holiest, holier]

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Holy (In Strict Confidence album)

Holy is In Strict Confidence's 6th full-length album.

Holy (Bottom)

"Holy" is the fifth episode of the second series of British television sitcom, Bottom. It was first broadcast on 29 October 1992.

Holy (U.D.O. album)

Holy is U.D.O.'s seventh album. It was recorded and mixed by Stefan Kaufmann at ROXX Studio in Pulheim and is the band's first album with the guitarist Igor Gianola, who had played with Ronni Le Tekrø in Wild Willy's Gang. The band recruited the drummer Lorenzo Milani after the release of the album; in the liner notes "guess who" replaces the name of the drummer.

(One Glance Is) Holy

"(One Glance Is) Holy" is a single by English musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1989. It is from the album Earth Moving. Lead vocals are by Adrian Belew of the progressive rock band King Crimson. The single was only released in Germany, and contained four mixes of the song inlcluding an instrumental version.

Holy (short story)

"Holy" is a short story by Orson Scott Card. It appears in his short story collection Maps in a Mirror.

Holý

Holý (feminine Holá) is a Czech surname. Notable persons with that surname include:

  • Antonín Holý, Czech scientist and chemist
  • Jiří Holý, Czech actor
  • Ladislav Holý, Czech anthropologist and Africanist
  • Stanislav Holý, Czech graphic artist
  • Prokop the Great, Prokop Holý, a Hussite general

Usage examples of "holy".

For my part, I shall take all immaginable care that the Fathers who preach the Holy Gospell to those Indians over whom I have power bee not in the least ill treated, and upon that very accompt have sent for one of each nation to come to me, and then those beastly crimes you reproove shall be checked severely, and all my endevours used to surpress their filthy drunkennesse, disorders, debauches, warring, and quarrels, and whatsoever doth obstruct the growth and enlargement of the Christian faith amongst those people.

The Apostles, led by the inward instinct of the Holy Ghost, handed down to the churches certain instructions which they did not put in writing, but which have been ordained, in accordance with the observance of the Church as practiced by the faithful as time went on.

The witches were not only mocking the holy Christian sacraments but Satan was filling the afflicted with visions of glory.

The boldness of his entrance into their holly of holies, his affrontery, the ease with which he had taken their prisoner from them had impressed them, while the fact that Sobito, a witch-doctor, had fled from him in terror had assured them of his supernatural origin.

He accordingly took possession of Comachio and some other places, pretending they were allodial estates belonging to the duke of Modena, and fiefs of the emperor, to which the holy see had no lawful claim.

In over two thousand closely printed pages, it managed to include all the festal days, the Hours of the monastic Office, the complex and elaborate rites once performed between Holy Thursday and Easter Sunday, the psalms and their intonations, a wealth of antiphons, Glorias, Credos, Introits, Graduals, smatterings of Ambrosian and even Gallican chant, and much more.

The holy ampulla containing it is kept in the church of Saint Remi at Reims.

Domremy should know of the baptism of King Clovis of France, and of the descent of the Holy Ghost, at the singing of Veni Creator Spiritus, bearing in its beak the Holy ampulla, full of chrism blessed by Our Lord?

From the oil of the holy Ampulla the King would derive a splendour, a majesty which would impress the whole of France, yea, even the whole of Christendom.

There was an English project for carrying off the holy Ampulla from Reims.

LORD to strengthen us by His HOLY SPIRIT for this end, and to bless our desires and proceedings with such success, as may be deliverance and safety to His people, and encouragement to other Christian churches, groaning under, or in danger of, the yoke of antichristian tyranny, to join in the same or like association and covenant, to the glory of GOD, the enlargement of the kingdom of JESUS CHRIST, and the peace and tranquility of Christian kingdoms and commonwealths.

The doctrines of apostasy, dependence on grace for salvation, necessity of atonement, and special influence of the Holy Spirit, were all thought to be alarming doctrines.

Holy Terra can never be safe, yet he has so far been content to let us smite the apostate unhindered.

The true People of Holy Terra will never abandon their Holy Mother, and the day shall come when you and all of your apostate race will pay the price for your sins against Her!

Judge must here take note that, as soon as he has given these fitting apostils to the appellant, he at once ceases to be the Judge in that cause from which the appeal was made, and can proceed no further in it, unless it be referred back to him by our Most Holy Lord the Pope.