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Holy Writ

noun
1.
the Scriptures.
Origin of Holy Writ
1000
before 1000; Middle English holi writ, Old English hālige writu (plural)
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  • Things have come to a pretty pass if a minister can't find enough in Holy Writ to preach about, that's what.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Holy Writ, which ordains the practice of Dharma, does not admit of a doubt.

  • If there ever was inspiration, out of Holy Writ, it touched the pencil of Raphael.

    Pencillings by the Way N. Parker Willis
  • There was more power in that one word from Holy Writ than Bartle guessed.

    The King's Daughters Emily Sarah Holt
  • I should no more have thought of questioning the poetry of any passage in him than of questioning the proofs of Holy Writ.

    Literature and Life William Dean Howells
  • So said they all, and they believed it, too, as firmly as if it were Holy Writ.

    Homestead Arthur G. Burgoyne
  • My daughter's word as to your conduct toward her, your consideration and your gentleness weigh like Holy Writ.

    Bolanyo Opie Percival Read
  • And drunkenness leads to many other sins, as is shown in Holy Writ.

    Chaucer for Children Mrs. H. R. Haweis
  • The fondness of the Vulture for such localities is more than once mentioned in Holy Writ.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
British Dictionary definitions for Holy Writ

Holy Writ

noun
1.
another term for Scripture
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Holy Writ in Culture

Holy Writ definition


Another name for the Bible.

Note: Figuratively, “holy writ” is any text or document that is presumed to speak with unquestioned authority.
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