His holiness


the quality or state of being holy; sanctity.
(initial capital letter) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually preceded by His or Your ).

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

self-holiness, noun

1. blessedness, godliness, saintliness.
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holiness (ˈhəʊlɪnɪs)
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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Word Origin & History

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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