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."

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, the week before Easter, in which the passion of our Savior is commemorated. Holy writ, the sacred Scriptures. " Word of holy writ." .

Origin: OE. Holi, hali, AS.halig, fr. Hael health, salvation, happiness, fr. Hal 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.

(01 Mar 1998)

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