holy

holy
holy [hō′lē]
adj.
holier, holiest [ME holie < OE halig (akin to Ger heilig) < base of OE hal, sound, happy, WHOLE: first used in OE as transl. of L sacer, sanctus, in the Vulg.] [often H-]
1. dedicated to religious use; belonging to or coming from God; consecrated; sacred
2. spiritually perfect or pure; untainted by evil or sin; sinless; saintly
3. regarded with or deserving deep respect, awe, reverence, or adoration
4. Slang very much of a: a generalized intensive [a holy terror]: Often used in interjectional compounds to express astonishment, emphasis, etc. [holy cow! holy smoke! ]
n.
pl. holies
a holy thing or place
SYN.- HOLY suggests that which is held in deepest religious reverence or is basically associated with a religion and, in extended use, connotes spiritual purity [the Holy Ghost, a holy love ]; SACRED refers to that which is set apart as holy or is dedicated to some exalted purpose and, therefore, connotes inviolability [Parnassus was sacred to Apollo, a sacred trust ]; CONSECRATED and HALLOWED describe that which has been made sacred or holy, CONSECRATED in addition connoting solemn devotion or dedication [a life consecrated to art ], and HALLOWED, inherent or intrinsic holiness [hallowed ground ]; DIVINE suggests that which is of the nature of, is associated with, or is derived from God or a god [the divine right of kings ], and, in extended use, connotes supreme greatness [the Divine Duse ] or, colloquially, great attractiveness
-ANT. PROFANE, UNHOLY

English World dictionary. . 2014.

Игры ⚽ Нужна курсовая?
Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • 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},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • holy — holy, sacred, divine, spiritual, religious, blessed are comparable chiefly as epithets applied to persons or things associated with religion or worship and therefore either regarded with special reverence or veneration or thought of as having a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • holy — (adj.) O.E. halig holy, consecrated, sacred, godly, from P.Gmc. *hailaga (Cf. O.N. heilagr, O.Fris. helich holy, O.S. helag, M.Du. helich, O.H.G. heilag, Ger. heilig, Goth. hailags holy ). Adopted at conversion for L. sanctus. Primary (pre …   Etymology dictionary

  • Holy — bzw. Holý ist der Familienname folgender Personen: František Ondřej Holý (1747–1783), böhmischer Komponist, siehe Franz Andreas Holly Gerhard von Holy (1687–1736), deutscher Orgelbauer Jiří Holý (1922–2009), tschechischer Schauspieler Prokop Holý …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Holy — студийный альбом U.D.O …   Википедия

  • Holy — (engl., spr. hōli), heilig; Holiday (ursprünglich Holyday, spr. hollidē), Feier oder Festtag, Holidays, soviel wie Ferien …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Holy — (engl.), heilig, häufig in Zusammensetzungen …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • holy — index infrangible, sacrosanct, solemn Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • holy — [adj] religious, sacred angelic, believing, blessed, chaste, clean, consecrated, dedicated, devoted, devotional, devout, divine, faithful, faultless, glorified, god fearing, godlike, godly, good, hallowed, humble, immaculate, innocent, just,… …   New thesaurus

  • holy — ► ADJECTIVE (holier, holiest) 1) dedicated to God or a religious purpose. 2) morally and spiritually excellent and to be revered. ORIGIN Old English, related to WHOLE(Cf. ↑wholeness) …   English terms dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”