American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

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Author: Noah Webster

Holy

HO’LY, a.

1. Properly, whole, entire or perfect, in a moral sense. Hence, pure in heart, temper or dispositions; free from sin and sinful affections. Applied to the Supreme Being, holy signifies perfectly pure, immaculate and complete in moral character; and man is more or less holy, as his heart is more or less sanctified, or purified from evil dispositions. We call a man holy,when his heart is conformed in some degree to the image of God, and his life is regulated by the divine precepts. Hence, holy is used as nearly synonymous with good, pious, godly.

Be ye holy; for I am holy. 1 Pet 1.

2. Hallowed; consecrated or set apart to a sacred use, or to the service or worship of God; a sense frequent in Scripture; as the holy sabbath; holy oil; holy vessels; a holy nation; the holy temple; a holy priesthood.

3. Proceeding from pious principles,or directed to pious purposes; as holy zeal.

4. Perfectly just and good; as the holy law of God.

5. Sacred; as a holy witness.

Holy of holies, in Scripture, 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.

Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, the Divine Spirit; the third person in the Trinity; the sanctifier of souls.

Holy war, a war undertaken to rescue the holy land, the ancient Judea, from the infidels; a crusade; an expedition carried on by christians against the Saracens in the eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth centuries; a war carried on in a most unholy manner.

Holy-cross

HOLY-CROSS day, n. The fourteenth of September.

Holy-one

HO’LY-ONE, n. An appellation of the Supreme Being, by way of emphasis.

1. An appellation of Christ. Isa 43.

2. One separated to the service of God. Deu 33.

Holy-rood

HOLY-ROOD day, n. A festival observed by Roman Catholics in memory of the exaltation of our Savior’s cross.

Holy-thistle

HO’LY-THISTLE, n. A plant of the genus Cnicus.

The blessed thistle, Centaurea benedicta.

Holy-thursday

HO’LY-THURSDAY, n. The day on which the ascension of our Savior is commemorated, ten days before Whitsuntide.

Holy-week

HO’LY-WEEK, n. The week before Easter, in which the passion of our Savior is commemorated.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Holy," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed February 4, 2023, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95BNVWFF7XNC9UW.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Holy." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 4 Feb. 2023. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95BNVWFF7XNC9UW.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Holy' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 February 2023, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=95BNVWFF7XNC9UW.