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There's not a day that goes by that I don't bless myself with holy water and then get in my car and rub the medal of the Virgin Mary that she gave me and say a Hail Mary for my mother. And then I kiss her Mass card that's right there on the dashboard.
Peter Criss

Meaning of "holy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HOLY

Old English hālig, hǣlig; related to Old Saxon hēlag, Gothic hailags, German heilig.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HOLY

holy  [ˈhəʊlɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HOLY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Holy can act as a noun and an adjective.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES HOLY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

holy

Sacred

Sacred means revered due to association with holiness. Holiness, or sanctity, is in general the state of being holy or sacred. Objects are often considered holy or sacred if used for spiritual purposes, such as the worship or service of gods. The property is often ascribed to people, objects, times, or places.

Definition of holy in the English dictionary

The first definition of holy in the dictionary is of, relating to, or associated with God or a deity; sacred. Other definition of holy is endowed or invested with extreme purity or sublimity. Holy is also devout, godly, or virtuous.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HOLY


cannoli
kəˈnəʊlɪ
carnaroli
ˌkɑːnəˈrəʊlɪ
choli
ˈkəʊlɪ
coley
ˈkəʊlɪ
foley
ˈfəʊlɪ
goalie
ˈɡəʊlɪ
guacamole
ˌɡwɑːkəˈməʊlɪ
holey
ˈhəʊlɪ
lowly
ˈləʊlɪ
moly
ˈməʊlɪ
narrowly
ˈnærəʊlɪ
overholy
ˌəʊvəˈhəʊlɪ
ravioli
ˌrævɪˈəʊlɪ
roly-poly
ˈrəʊlɪˈpəʊlɪ
Rowley
ˈrəʊlɪ
shallowly
ˈʃæləʊlɪ
slowly
ˈsləʊlɪ
soli
ˈsəʊlɪ
unholy
ʌnˈhəʊlɪ
zeppole
zɛˈpəʊlɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HOLY

holus-bolus
Holy Alliance
Holy Ark
Holy Bible
Holy City
Holy Communion
holy day
holy day of obligation
Holy Eucharist
Holy Family
Holy Father
Holy Ghost
Holy Grail
Holy Hour
Holy Innocents´ Day
Holy Island
Holy Joe
Holy Land
holy man
holy Mary

WORDS THAT END LIKE HOLY

absolute monopoly
amphiboly
antimonopoly
bibliopoly
coly
cooly
drooly
duopoly
emboly
epiboly
gooly
government monopoly
melancholy
monopoly
natural monopoly
oligopoly
poly
stooly
the holy
Trichinopoly

Synonyms and antonyms of holy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HOLY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «holy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of holy

Translation of «holy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HOLY

Find out the translation of holy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of holy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «holy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

神圣的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

santo
570 millions of speakers

English

holy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

पवित्र
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُقَدَّسٌ
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

святой
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sagrado
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পবিত্র
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sacré
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Suci
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

heilig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

神聖な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

신성한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Suci
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

linh thiêng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பரிசுத்த
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पवित्र
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kutsal
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

santo
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

święty
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

святий
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

sfânt
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

άγιος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

heilige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

helig
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

hellig
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of holy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLY»

The term «holy» is very widely used and occupies the 1.410 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HOLY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about holy

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10 QUOTES WITH «HOLY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word holy.
1
Steve Allen
If there is a God, the phrase that must disgust him is - holy war.
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Karen Armstrong
In the holy city of Mecca, violence of any kind was forbidden. From the moment they left home, pilgrims were not permitted to carry weapons, to swat an insect or speak an angry word, a discipline that introduced them to a new way of living.
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Saint Bernard
Even the holy men who lived before the coming of Christ understood that God had in mind plans of peace for the human race.
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Jakob Bohme
The holy angels live and qualify in the light, in the good quality wherein the holy Ghost reigneth. The devils live and reign in the fierce wrathful quality, in the quality of fierceness and wrath, destruction or perdition.
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John O. Brennan
Jihad is holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam, meaning to purify oneself or one's community.
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Joseph Brodsky
Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.
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Harry Caray
Holy cow!
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Adam Clarke
The Bible is proved to be a revelation from God, by the reasonableness and holiness of its precepts; all its commands, exhortations, and promises having the most direct tendency to make men wise, holy, and happy in themselves, and useful to one another.
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Adam Clarke
Let it ever be remembered that genuine faith in Christ will ever be productive of good works; for this faith worketh by love, as the apostle says, and love to God always produces obedience to his holy laws.
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Peter Criss
There's not a day that goes by that I don't bless myself with holy water and then get in my car and rub the medal of the Virgin Mary that she gave me and say a Hail Mary for my mother. And then I kiss her Mass card that's right there on the dashboard.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HOLY»

Discover the use of holy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to holy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Holy Books of Thelema
The first collection of writings received by the author in trance states, this material forms the basis of his teachings.
Aleister Crowley, 1983
2
Guardians of the Holy Grail
Guardians of the Holy Grail proves that the Grail existed many thousands of years before Christ, and that it is as old as the Garden of Eden itself.
Mark Amaru Pinkham, 2004
3
Good Morning, Holy Spirit
The story of Benny Hinn's personal encounter with the Holy Spirit and how that experience dramatically changed his life is a story God has used hundreds of thousands of times around the world to touch the lives of others.
Benny Hinn, 1997
4
Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV)
The resulting work provides today's Bible reader with an accurate and modern translation of the Scriptures with the stylistic beauty and memorable quality of the King James. Features: Enhanced eBook Navigation NEW!
Thomas Nelson, 2009
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The Idea of the Holy
Since the English translation first appeared in 1923, Rudolf Otto's volume has established itself as a classic in the field of religious philosophy.
R. Otto, 1958
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Holy Foolishness: Dostoevsky's Novels & the Poetics of ...
This book examines the ways in which Dostoevsky's adoption and reinvention of the medieval Russian holy fool - in Russian Orthodoxy, a person who feigned madness or folly as an ascetic feat of self-humiliation - serves as a locus for a ...
Harriet Murav, 1992
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The Holy Bible, King James Study Bible (KJV)
Features include: Presentation page Comprehensive introductions and outlines for each Book of the Bible Center-column references with explanations of difficult terms Doctrinal footnotes Words of Jesus in red Articles and indexes on how to ...
Thomas Nelson, 1999
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The Holy Reich: Nazi Conceptions of Christianity, 1919-1945
Focusing on the previously unexplored religious and spiritual beliefs of the Nazi elites, the author exposes the underlying but ultimately distorted "Christianity" at the heart of the Nazi critique of Germany. (History)
Richard Steigmann-Gall, 2003
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The Holy Bible: King James Version
Everything you want in an economy Bible--readability, durability and affordablity! -Clear type for comfortable study -Better quality paper for daily use -Perfectly priced for evangelism -Ideal for older children and adults
Hendrickson Publishers, 2004
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The Myth of the Holy Cow
A book the government of India demands be ritually burned.
Dwijendra Narayan Jha, 2003

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HOLY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term holy is used in the context of the following news items.
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AP PHOTOS: Indian Muslims Observe Holy Month of Ramadan …
Kneeling under a midday sun on mats laid over an unfinished pavement, Fakhruddin places his hands and head to the ground in prayer. «ABC News, Jul 15»
2
Noonday Demons review – rival hermits declare holy war in caustic …
Competitive masochism … Jake Curran as St Pior and Jordan Mallory-Skinner as St Eusebius in Noonday Demons at the King's Head theatre, ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
3
Review: Tame Impala and Holy Holy - between a rock and a hard …
Tim Carroll, left, and Oscar Dawson are Holy Holy. Near the end of his top-billed slot on the first night of Britain's Glastonbury music festival ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
4
Notre Dame-Green Pond, Central Catholic fall in Holy Family girls …
Central Catholic and Notre Dame fell in the semifinals of the Holy Family girls basketball tournament. (HARRY FISHER, THE MORNING CALL). «Allentown Morning Call, Jul 15»
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Anglican Church strips former government minister of holy orders …
Pat Comben was ordained as a deacon after retiring from politics but has now been stripped of his holy orders by the Anglican Church. Source: ... «Courier Mail, Jul 15»
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Chinese authorities won't release body of holy man - The Scotsman
Tibetan rights activist and film star Richard Gere is surrounded by pictures of the lama. Picture: AFP/Getty. DIDI TANG. 23:55 Wednesday 15 ... «Scotsman, Jul 15»
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My Ramadan: 'Tales from days gone make holy month special' | The …
Listening to old stories about how her parents and grandparents would spend their days fasting and observing the traditions of the holy month ... «The National, Jul 15»
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A holy man | Crux
“I saw in him,” said Barber, “a holy man.” “If I closed my eyes to imagine what a priest was or should be, he would be the person I'd think of,” ... «Crux: Covering all things Catholic, Jul 15»
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'Doorways: Holy Mountains of Flesh' New Details -
Holy Mountains of Flesh will release “soon” on Steam Early Access. The build will include the first of its three chapters, with the other two to ... «Bloody Disgusting, Jul 15»
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Holy Forest's Hand-Animated Gambian Video For 'Africa Calling …
Holy Forest is a new musical project from songwriter and documentary filmmaker Jon Fine (Still Bill, Herbie Hancock's Possibilities), who ... «Okayafrica, Jul 15»

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