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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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  • In the incarnate Son of God we see the full development and realization of the Biblical idea of holiness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • We cannot increase or diminish God's holiness by anything that we do.

  • The aged must be examples of wisdom, gravity, and holiness unto the younger.

  • Make me to long only for the beauty of holiness, and to be satisfied if I attain to it.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • As such he must stand before them as a model of holiness and purity.

    Jewish History S. M. Dubnow
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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