• Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
    Communion silver used in the Jamestown church after 1661. Both the chalice and paten were made in London, and donated to the church by Lt. Gov. Francis Morrison (or Moryson) in 1661. On both pieces is the legend: “Mixe not holy thinges with profane.”
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj holy belonging to or derived from or associated with a divine power
    • n holy a sacred place of pilgrimage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity to King Laoghaire, using the shamrock to illustrate the trinity
    • Holy 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."
    • Holy 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The expletive, "Holy Toledo," refers to Toledo, Spain, which became an outstanding Christian cultural center in 1085.
    • holy Consecrated; set apart for religious use or uses; of sacred or religious character or quality: as, the holy priesthood; the holy sabbath; holy oil; holy thoughts.
    • holy Perfect in religious character and the practices of devotion; sanctified; saintly.
    • holy Exhibiting, indicating, or befitting sanctity of life; devout; righteous.
    • holy A eulogia, or piece of blessed bread.
    • holy A person who carried the holy water.
    • holy Same as morning-star (a weapon)
    • holy In hunting, the tail of a fox.
    • holy Synonyms Sacred, dedicated, sanctified. See religion.
    • holy Devout, divine, immaculate, saintly.
    • n holy A holy man; a saint: same as hallow.
    • n holy plural Sacred rites; devotions.
    • n holy A place of worship; a sacred place.
    • n holy The inner or western division of the Jewish tabernacle, as distinguished from the outer part, called the holy place. The holy of holies was inclosed on three sides by the walls of the tabernacle, while on the fourth or eastern side a veil, ornamented with figures of cherubim, and suspended from four pillars of shittim-wood overlaid with gold, separated it from the holy place (Ex. xxvi. 31; xxxvi. 35). The holy of holies was a perfect cube in its dimensions, the length, breadth, and height being each ten cubits. In it stood the ark of the testament, or ark of the covenant, of shittim-wood over-laid with gold. Upon the ark was the capporeth or golden mercy-seat, the place of the divine presence (Ex. xxv. 22), and on the capporeth were two cherubim, also of gold, both facing toward its center. No one but the high priest entered the holy of holies, and he only once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Lev. xvi.). Also called the most holy place and the oracle.
    • n holy The sanctuary or bema of a Christian church: used especially by the Greek and other Oriental churches.
    • n holy Among the Nestorians, a small recess at the east end of a church, containing nothing but a cross. No one, not even the priest, is allowed to enter it.
    • holy To canonize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Hindu holy day begins at sunrise, the Jewish holy day begins at sunset, and the Christian holy day begins at midnight.
    • adj Holy hō′li perfect in a moral sense: pure in heart: religious: set apart to a sacred use
    • v.t Holy to scrub with a holystone
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  • Dag Hammarskjold
    “In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.”
  • William Blake
    “It is not because angels are holier than men or devils that makes them angels, but because they do not expect holiness from one another, but from God only.”
  • Ernest Renan
    “Man makes holy what he believes.”
  • Oswald Chambers
    Oswald Chambers
    “Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “A sedentary life is the real sin against the Holy Spirit. Only those thoughts that come by walking have any value.”
  • Henry Giles
    Henry Giles
    “No principal is so noble, as there is none more holy, than that of a true obedience.”


Holy smoke! - This is a way of expressing surprise: "Holy smoke! Look at all of those geese!"


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. holi, hali, AS. hālig, fr. hæl, health, salvation, happiness, fr. hāl, whole, well; akin to OS. hlag, D. & G. heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr,. See Whole, and cf. Halibut Halidom Hallow Hollyhock


In literature:

Ransomed men need no longer pause in fear to enter the Holy of Holies.
"The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer
The Lord told him to come no nearer, and to put off his shoes, for he stood on holy ground.
"Child's Story of the Bible" by Mary A. Lathbury
He himself is holy, and he requires that his people be holy too.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
There shall ye restore Jerusalem and the Holy City to the keeping of God's people!
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
A few years later he was appointed Legate of the Holy See.
"St. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Malachy of Armagh" by H. J. Lawlor
The parishioners grew in holiness.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
George Muller had no monopoly of holy living and holy serving.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
In the stories it is the holy vessel used by our Lord, and brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
We want to help you to walk in what Isaiah calls 'The way of Holiness', or in modern terms, the pathway of the holy.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
The heart can be purified and become a holy temple for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost.
"Sanctification" by J. W. Byers
Holy, holy, holy: if we are indeed to be the messengers of the Holy One, let us seek to enter fully into what this Thrice Holy means.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
Holy Church was there, and art was held as a high and holy thing.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Thou art the sacrifice, and Thou the priest, Thou, he that eateth; Thou, the holy feast.
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
The voices of the criers thus raised above the city always struck me as having a holy and beautiful effect.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
The French troops were to be supplied with provisions by the pope, for which they were to reimburse his holiness.
"History of the Reign of Philip the Second, King of Spain." by William H. Prescott
The beauty of holiness.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Now these great blessings are justly attributed as especially belonging to the Holy Ghost.
"The Abiding Presence of the Holy Ghost in the Soul" by Bede Jarrett
Through the prayers of Thy holy Mother, O God, the Holy Word of God, sanctify me wholly as I come to Thy divine Mysteries.
"Orthodox Daily Prayers" by Anonymous
Rule Thou, O God the Holy Ghost, who hast sanctified us and born us again in Holy Baptism.
"Morning and Evening Prayers for All Days of the Week" by John Habermann
But, you may still ask, why does our Holy Father so bountifully distribute the boon of his indulgences?
"The Pocket Bible or Christian the Printer" by Eugène Sue

In poetry:

In thee, most holy, just, and true,
I have reposed my trust;
Nor will I fear what man can do,
The offspring of the dust.
"Psalm 56" by Isaac Watts
And, save that on her youthful brow
There broods a shadowy care,
No matron sealed with holy vow
In all the land so fair.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Among their number, Lord, we love
To sing Thy precious blood.
Reign here, and in the worlds above,
Thou Holy Lamb of God!
"We Sing to Thee, Thou Son of God" by Augustus Montague Toplady
And through the broken clouds, the sun
Looked out serene and warm,
Painting its holy symbol-light
Upon the passing storm.
"The Exiles. 1660" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There were holy words, and wishes,
And smiles when tears would start
A fair bride stood beside him,
And I--I stood apart.
"First Love" by Nora Pembroke
We know, O Lord, so little what is best;
Wingless, we move so lowly;
But in thy calm all-knowledge let us rest --
Oh, holy, holy, holy!
"Sundown" by John Charles McNeill

In news:

The old Holy Cross Convent burned down in August.
An architectural holy war has erupted over a plot of land where the East meets the West Village.
He was a volunteer at a church, but investigators say his intentions were anything but holy.
Holy Crap, the Islanders Are Moving to Brooklyn.
A holy war of an unusual kind.
Why the Holy City is at the crux of the peace process.
So far, the debates have painted tax policy as the holy grail for small business.
And Holy Cow is among Albuquerque's vanguard of upscale burger parlors.
At the end of The Exorcist, the demon -racked little girl murderess kisses the Holy Father, and she remembers nothing.
Holy Land out, Padi In.
Deacon Pat Coulter puts up his robe after a service at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Moorpark.
Mark Church offers holy hour every night thoughout October.
It is a bright, cold Holy Thursday morning, and I am standing outside an immigration detention center that is creepily located in a suburban office park in Cary, North Carolina.
Holy Temple of Miraculous Works, Inc "Spirit-Filled Ministries" 1519 West Orange Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32310.
In these times of turmoil, groups of the faithful across the nation plan to gather at noon on Saturday, Oct 13, to create islands of serenity by publicly praying the most holy rosary.

In science:

It has been 5 years since Hollweg (1999b) asserted that the “Holy Grail” for theoreticians is the self-consistent modeling of both the full wavenumber spectrum of MHD fluctuations and the spatial dependence of proton, electron, and ion velocity distributions.
Coronal Heating versus Solar Wind Acceleration
Detecting causal relationships in disIn In search of tributed computations: In search of the holy grail. the holy grail.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Properly modeling star formation and feedback within simulations of galaxy formation is one of the holy grails for computational astrophysicists.
Molecular hydrogen regulated star formation in cosmological SPH simulations
The uniflcation of logic and functional programming, like the Holy Grail, is sought by countless people [6, 14].
Logic Programming, Functional Programming, and Inductive Definitions
This means that TA is defined uniquely up to a unique isomorphism as an ob ject of the category Holie(k).
Homological algebra of homotopy algebras
The holy grail of searching for CDM substructure in gravitational lenses would be to find an astrometric anomaly similar to that in MG2016+112, so that there is compelling evidence for the existence of a satellite, but for which no luminous counterpart can be detected.
CDM Substructure in Gravitational Lenses: Tests and Results
The computation of decay widths from first principles is the holy grail of hadron spectroscopy.
Meson and Baryon Spectroscopy on a Lattice
The Holy Grail in neutrino oscillations is the search for CP violation, but we now realize that this may have only an indirect relation to cosmology via baryogenesis 78 .
Summary of ICHEP 2004
Hol´y for granting the computational capacity.
Continuous variable private quantum channel
What is ‘the icon’ in our case?: Quantum Gravity (QG)—arguably, the ‘Holy Grail’ of theoretical physics in the dawn of the new millennium.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Actually, feedback is the holy grail of structure formation today! If you go to a conference on galaxies, clusters, or anything on cosmic structure formation, you will hear everywhere the word “feedback”.
Cosmological parameters from Galaxy Clusters: an Introduction
The holy-grail particle Ω++ ccc remains undiscovered so far.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
The question of CP-violation (δ): measurement of the oscillation phase represents the Holy Grail of neutrino physics, since it would signal CP violation in the lepton sector, which would also have profound implications for Grand Unification, Flavour Models and Cosmology.
Neutrino Mass
Dr Aspden believes he has discovered this ‘Holy Grail’ of physics by taking a different approach to the problem than most.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
The holy grail would be an observational confirmation through the direct detection of something genuinely ‘stringy’.
Towards an Observational Appraisal of String Cosmology