Found 2 items, similar to Holy of holies.
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Definition: holy of holies
holy of holies
n 1: (figurative) something regarded as sacred or inviolable;
“every politician fears to touch that holy of holies,
the Social Security System”
2: (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of
the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of
the Covenant was kept [syn: sanctum sanctorum
English → English
Definition: Holy of holies
, a. [Compar. Holier
; superl. Holiest
holi, hali, AS. h[=a]lig, fr. h[ae]l health, salvation,
happiness, fr. h[=a]l whole, well; akin to OS. h?lag, D. & G.
heilig, OHG. heilac, Dan. hellig, Sw. helig, Icel. heilagr.
, and cf. Halibut
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.
(Hist.), a league ostensibly for conserving
religion, justice, and peace in Europe, but really for
repressing popular tendencies toward constitutional
government, entered into by Alexander I. of Russia,
Francis I. of Austria, and Frederic William III. of
Prussia, at Paris, on the 26th of September, 1815, and
subsequently joined by all the sovereigns of Europe,
except the pope and the king of England.
. See Cascara sagrada
. See Eucharist
(Art), a picture in which the infant Christ,
his parents, and others of his family are represented.
, a title of the pope.
(Theol.), the third person of the Trinity; the
Comforter; the Paraclete.
. See Grail
(Bot.), a sweet-scented grass (Hierochloa borealis
and Hierochloa alpina
). In the north of Europe
it was formerly strewed before church doors on saints'
days; whence the name. It is common in the northern and
western parts of the United States. Called also vanilla grass
or Seneca grass
Holy Innocents' day
, Childermas day.
, Palestine, the birthplace of Christianity.
, the Inquisition.
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
(a) The Supreme Being; -- so called by way of emphasis. “
The Holy One of Israel.”
--Is. xliii. 14.
(b) One separated to the service of God.
. See Order
, the cross or crucifix, particularly one placed,
in churches. over the entrance to the chancel.
, a plant, the hemp agrimony.
(Eccl.), the Saturday immediately preceding
the festival of Easter; the vigil of Easter.
, same as Holy Ghost
Holy Spirit plant
. See Dove plant
(Bot.), the blessed thistle. See under
(a) (Episcopal Ch.) Ascension day.
(b) (R. C. Ch.) The Thursday in Holy Week; Maundy
, a crusade; an expedition carried on by Christians
against the Saracens in the Holy Land, in the eleventh,
twelfth, and thirteenth centuries, for the possession of
the holy places.
(Gr. & R. C. Churches), water which has been
blessed by the priest for sacred purposes.
, the stone stoup or font placed near the
entrance of a church, as a receptacle for holy water.
(Eccl.), the week before Easter, in which the
passion of our Savior is commemorated.
, the sacred Scriptures. “ Word of holy writ.”