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[hoh-lee-nis] /ˈhoʊ li nɪs/
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).
Origin of holiness
before 900; Middle English holynesse, Old English hālignes. See holy, -ness
Related forms
self-holiness, noun
1. blessedness, godliness, saintliness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for holiness
  • 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.
  • Still, there's an intrepid holiness to his prose that redeems his wayward sensibility.
  • Everything from a robust doctrine of purgatory to dietary laws to the usual holiness tradition stuff.
  • But they also argue that holiness resides in people, not buildings.
  • He's able to transform all these essentially simple things into a kind of wholeness and holiness.
  • On the one side there is the law of gravitation, and on the other the contemplation of the beauty of holiness.
  • He fretted that it would then be practiced more carelessly-as legal, monogamous marriage is-and its holiness would be diminished.
British Dictionary definitions for holiness


the state or quality of being holy


preceded by his or your. a title once given to all bishops, but now reserved for the pope
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for holiness

Old English halignis "holiness, sanctity, religion; holy thing;" see holy + -ness. Cf. Old High German heilagnissa. As title of the Pope, it translates Latin sanctitas (until c.600 also applied to bishops).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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holiness in the Bible

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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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