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, 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. [OE. & AS. werre; akin to OHG. werra scandal,
quarrel, sedition, werran to confound, mix, D. warren, G.
wirren, verwirren, to embroil, confound, disturb, and perhaps
to E. worse; cf. OF. werre war, F. querre, of Teutonic
origin. Cf. Guerrilla
1. A contest between nations or states, carried on by force,
whether for defence, for revenging insults and redressing
wrongs, for the extension of commerce, for the acquisition
of territory, for obtaining and establishing the
superiority and dominion of one over the other, or for any
other purpose; armed conflict of sovereign powers;
declared and open hostilities.
Men will ever distinguish war from mere bloodshed.
Note: As war is the contest of nations or states, it always
implies that such contest is authorized by the monarch
or the sovereign power of the nation. A war begun by
attacking another nation, is called an offensive war,
and such attack is aggressive. War undertaken to repel
invasion, or the attacks of an enemy, is called
2. (Law) A condition of belligerency to be maintained by
physical force. In this sense, levying war against the
sovereign authority is treason.
3. Instruments of war. [Poetic]
His complement of stores, and total war. --Prior.
4. Forces; army. [Poetic]
On their embattled ranks the waves return,
And overwhelm their war. --Milton.
5. The profession of arms; the art of war.
Thou art but a youth, and he is a man of war from
his youth. --1 Sam. xvii.
6. a state of opposition or contest; an act of opposition; an
inimical contest, act, or action; enmity; hostility.
“Raised impious war in heaven.”
The words of his mouth were smoother than butter,
but war was in his heart. --Ps. lv. 21.
, a war between different sections or parties of
the same country or nation.
. See under Holy
Man of war
. (Naut.) See in the Vocabulary.
, a war between independent sovereign states.
, a cry or signal used in war; as, the Indian war
, a dance among savages preliminary to going to
war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some
distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby
enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike
, a field of war or battle.
, a horse used in war; the horse of a cavalry
soldier; especially, a strong, powerful, spirited horse
for military service; a charger.
, paint put on the face and other parts of the
body by savages, as a token of going to war. “Wash the
war paint from your faces.”
, a song of or pertaining to war; especially, among
the American Indians, a song at the war dance, full of
incitements to military ardor.
, a war cry, especially that uttered by the