holy water

water blessed by a priest.

before 900; Middle English haliwater, Old English hāligwæter

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holy water
water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic rituals of purification

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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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