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holy water

noun
1.
water blessed by a priest.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English haliwater, Old English hāligwæter
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  • Finally, he eased out of the car, and took from me a large pot full of rose-scented holy water.
  • Chandelier-cleaning solution sold by the gallon might be good to add to your holy water, in small amounts.
  • Circling the vehicle he blessed truck and cargo with holy water.
  • The accompanying accessories were a small vial of holy water and silver bullets.
  • To appease the fury of the storm he burned palms or blessed candles and sprinkled holy water over the household.
  • These scores are gut feeling scores a dozen years later with much holy water over the dam.
  • The quicker the better after the cutting of his eyeteeth, he is sprinkled with holy water.
  • He divided the holy water with a candle, before returning the taper to the cleric beside him.
British Dictionary definitions for holy water

holy water

noun
1.
water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic rituals of purification
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Encyclopedia Article for holy water

in the Eastern Christian churches and the Roman Catholic Church, special water that has been blessed and is used to bless churches, homes, and articles of devotion. A natural symbol of purification, water has been used by religious peoples, both primitive and advanced, as a means of removing uncleanness, either ritual or moral

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