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Language: Old English
Origin: halig

holy

adjective
     
ho‧ly W3 comparative holier, superlative holiest
1 connected with God and religion [↪ sacred]:
the holy city of Benares
2 very religious:
a holy man
3

holy cow/mackerel etc

spoken used to express feelings such as surprise or fear
4

a holy terror

informal someone, especially a child, who causes problems for other people

➔ take (holy) orders

at order1 (18)
WORD FOCUS: god WORD FOCUS: god
places where people worship God: church (Christians)
temple
(Buddhists and Hindus)
mosque
(Muslims)
synagogue
(Jews)

treated with great respect because of being connected with God: holy, sacred

having strong beliefs in God: devout, pious

someone who does not believe in God : atheist

someone who is not sure if God exists: agnostic
god

See also
god

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