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Definition: Holy office
, 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.”
, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops
ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See Opulent
1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by
appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary
duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to
man; as, kind offices, pious offices.
I would I could do a good office between you.
2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by
authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or
authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal
3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God
himself; as, the office of a priest under the old
dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new.
Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I
magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. 13.
4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done,
by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to
perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent
They [the eyes] resign their office and their light.
Hesperus, whose office is to bring
Twilight upon the earth. --Milton.
In this experiment the several intervals of the
teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms.
5. The place where any kind of business or service for others
is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in
which public officers or workers in any organization
transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's
office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office.
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6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose
place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the
7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics
discharge the duties attached to the service of a house,
as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.]
As for the offices, let them stand at distance.
8. (Eccl.) Any service other than that of ordination and the
Mass; any prescribed religious service.
This morning was read in the church, after the
office was done, the declaration setting forth the
late conspiracy against the king's person. --Evelyn.
. Same as Inquisition
, n., 3.
Houses of office
. Same as def. 7 above. --Chaucer.
(R. C. Ch.), an office recited in honor of
the Virgin Mary.
, an officer; one who has a specific office or
duty to perform.
(Law), an authenticated or certified copy of a
record, from the proper office. See Certified copies
(Law), the finding of an inquest of office.
See under Inquest
. See Officeholder
in the Vocabulary
. the hours of the day during which business is
transacted at an office.
. a person who is attempting to get elected to
an elected office, or to get an appointment to an
appointive public office.
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