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holy water

water blessed by a priest.
Origin of holy water
before 900; Middle English haliwater, Old English hāligwæter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We were told that the holy-water font and the vestments of the priests had been profaned and befouled.

  • Some one has asserted that a Polish woman is like punch made with holy-water.

    Samuel Brohl & Company Victor Cherbuliez
  • A church-bell forms the hat, which is decorated by crossed daggers and holy-water brushes.

  • Am I bound to resemble the angels on your holy-water stoups?

    The Revolt of the Angels Anatole France
  • holy-water vessel, with raised flowers and scrolls of foliage with polychrome decoration.

  • There is a holy-water stoup inside the S. door, and an ancient font.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • Note also the holy-water stoup, squint, sedilia, and double piscina.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • The tail of the ass signifies the holy-water brush of the good dean of the cathedral of the patron saints of our city.

  • But when he went about among the graves with the holy-water he heard the dead muttering.

  • As soon as he was in, notwithstanding all my tugging and hauling, he ran his nose into the holy-water font, and drank it all up.

    Peter Simple Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for holy-water

holy water

water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic rituals of purification
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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