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Holy is dedicated to a religious purpose or a god; revered in a religion; perfect or flawless; separated or set apart from (something unto something or someone else); set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person; used as an intensifier in various interjections.


From Middle English holi, hali, from Old English hāliġ, hāleġ (“holy, consecrated, sacred, venerated, godly, saintly, ecclesiastical, pacific, tame”), from Proto-Germanic *hailagaz (“holy, bringing health”), from Proto-Germanic *hailaz (“healthy, whole”), from Proto-Indo-European *koil- (“healthy, whole”). Cognate with Scots haly (“holy”), Dutch heilig' (“holy”), German heilig (“holy”), Swedish helig (“holy”). More at whole.

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