holiness

[hoh-lee-nis]
noun
1.
the quality or state of being holy; sanctity.
2.
(initial capital letter) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually preceded by His or Your ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English holynesse, Old English hālignes. See holy, -ness

self-holiness, noun


1. blessedness, godliness, saintliness.
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holiness (ˈhəʊlɪnɪs)
 
n
the state or quality of being holy

Holiness (ˈhəʊlɪnɪs)
 
n (preceded by his or your)
a title once given to all bishops, but now reserved for the pope

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holiness
O.E. halignis (see holy). As title of the Pope, it translates L. sanctitas (until c.600 also applied to bishops).
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Holiness definition


in the highest sense belongs to God (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 15:4), and to Christians as consecrated to God's service, and in so far as they are conformed in all things to the will of God (Rom. 6:19, 22; Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:8; 1 Pet. 1:15). Personal holiness is a work of gradual development. It is carried on under many hindrances, hence the frequent admonitions to watchfulness, prayer, and perseverance (1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:23, 24). (See SANCTIFICATION.)

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Example sentences
It is a foretaste of what human brain will accomplish when mankind is restored
  back to holiness.
The saint replied that he was ready to go wheresoever his holiness should think
  fit.
Whether or not this figure derives its holiness from its symbolic meaning may
  remain undecided.
What's missing from the performance is a flash of holiness that would make the
  character a spiritual lightning rod.
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