holy of holies

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n holy of holies (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
    • n holy of holies (figurative) something regarded as sacred or inviolable "every politician fears to touch that holy of holies, the Social Security System"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first coin operated machine ever designed was a holy-water dispenser that required a five-drachma piece to operate. It was the brainchild of the Greek scientist Hero in the first century AD.
    • 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Archduke Karl Ludwig (1833-1896), brother of the Austrian emperor, was a man of such piety that on a trip to the Holy Land, he insisted on drinking from the River Jordan, despite warnings that it would make him fatally ill. He died within a few weeks.
    • Holy of holies the inner chamber of the Jewish tabernacle, which the high-priest alone might enter, and but once a year
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Quotations

  • Dag Hammarskjold
    Dag%20Hammarskjold
    “In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action.”
  • John Keats
    John%20Keats
    “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “The devil can site scripture for his own purpose! An evil soul producing holy witness is like a villain with a smiling cheek. [Merchant Of Venice]”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Friendship, of itself a holy tie, is made more sacred by adversity.”
  • Mark Twain
    Mark%20Twain
    “The holy passion of friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.”
  • Jan Van Ruysbroeck
    Jan Van Ruysbroeck
    “The measure of your holiness is proportionate to the goodness of your will.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hálig, lit. whole, perfect, healthy—hál, sound, whole; conn. with hail, heal, whole.

Usage

In literature:

The greatest possible good, is the promotion of holiness in yourself and in others.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
It was a beautiful monastery, full of holy men and hundreds of wonderful books, and in the quiet and peace young Fernando was very happy.
"Stories of the Saints by Candle-Light" by Vera C. Barclay
And the white Knights were they who had chosen the way of holiness, and in them the quest has already begun.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
The sacrifice of the worshipping Israelite is holy and acceptable in virtue of the holiness of Another.
"Holy in Christ" by Andrew Murray
Her thoughts wandered away from her home, wandered to the temple, but not for the sake of holy things.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
There was expended during this period, out of the funds of the Institution, on the circulation of the Holy Scriptures, L150, 16s.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Grant me the utmost holiness of which I am capable, then let others be holier than myself.
"Gold Dust" by E. L. E. B.
Truth enough: but that which was untrue was not the treason, but the holiness of these Caiaphases.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
Nor is it to our discredit when we are ignorant of some of the mysteries of Holy Writ.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
Doubtless the term is not applied in consequence of their good works, but because of the holy blood of Christ.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
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In poetry:

On the holy book of Minna
Fall the tear-drops--scarce a word
(For the heart is moved within her)
Of her praying can be heard.
"Measuring The Graves" by Morris Rosenfeld
I would sing a song of gladness,
Nuptial bliss and holy love;
But the trembling chords of sadness
Thrill my bosom as they move.
"Verses Written On The Occasion of The Marriage of Albert Edward" by Janet Hamilton
Thy boast is of the unconquer'd Mind,
The strong, the stern, the still;
Mine of the happier Heart, resign'd
To Wisdom's holy will.
"Venus. A Reply To Longfellow's "Mars"" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Think ye the notes of holy song
On Milton's tuneful ear have died?
Think ye that Raphael's angel throng
Has vanished from his side?
"Raphael" by John Greenleaf Whittier
So when I found her, gazing in
Those Bibles of her eyes, above
All earth, I read no word of sin;
Their holy chapters all were love.
"Apocalypse" by Madison Julius Cawein
And then, as with the olive bough
The heavenly dove of old drew near,
Some gentle words of truth will flow
In holy music on the ear.
"Ioy after Sorrow" by John Bowring

In news:

Today's Dedication of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut was awe-inspiring.
On the same weekend that Darley announced the retirement of Holy Bull from stud duty, his grandson.
Mathook , Tigers complete sweep of Holy Cross.
Laurin Michele Latiolais and Moby Paul Semar were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Evangeline.
Catherine Michelle Bercier and David Joseph Landry were united in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony at half past seven o'clock in the evening on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Jennings.
The chairman of the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives is calling the cars "the holy grail" of roller coaster artifacts.
Roman Catholic clergy in a procession around the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
A good friend gifted me today with news of the lectures on prayer that the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, gave during Holy Week.
Holi Festival of Colors at the Celebration of Oneness Virginia Harold.
Life-sized cutouts of actors welcomed people as they entered the Christus Gardens area of the Holy Land Experience, a theme park in Orlando, Fla. Where visitors can take a devotional walk through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.
ALGONA — Chad Trunkhill, son of Charles and Vickie Trunkhill of Algona, will be ordained into the office of holy ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church, 520 N Garfield St, at 4 pm June 8.
Kucera is the son of Gerald and Luann Kucera of Silver Lake, and a 1995 graduate of Holy Trinity High School in Winsted.
Don't doubt it, the Holy Grail of Rock has been found in the form of Sixto Rodriguez's two lone LP's dating back more than 40 years.
Thomas Gariepy and parishoners at St Cecilia's Parish marked the start of Holy Week with the mass starting outside.
Classmates of Holy Name Class of 62 held their 50th-year reunion in September at the Island Resort.
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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
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