The U.S. embassy to the holy See, on the other hand, has a distinct role in church affairs.
The most significant is electoral reform—for decades the Liberals' holy Grail.
Insist that there is no single way to be a Jew, and that no Jew can claim hegemony over that which is holy to us all.
They need to actually see what it means, especially in our holy city.
It is one of the most important remaining Muslim heritage sites in the holy Land.
“That is the holy Inquisition,” said the widow, crossing herself.
If it is a good power, the thing is holy; if a bad power, it is unclean.
May the blessin' of God and his holy mother keep you till I see you agin!
I will obey my Lady in every thing not forbidden by the holy law.
I trust you will remember it whenever you think of the holy Prophet.
Old English halig "holy, consecrated, sacred, godly," from Proto-Germanic *hailaga- (cf. Old Norse heilagr, Old Frisian helich "holy," Old Saxon helag, Middle Dutch helich, Old High German heilag, German heilig, Gothic hailags "holy"). Adopted at conversion for Latin sanctus.
Primary (pre-Christian) meaning is not possible to determine, but probably it was "that must be preserved whole or intact, that cannot be transgressed or violated," and connected with Old English hal (see health) and Old High German heil "health, happiness, good luck" (source of the German salutation Heil). Holy water was in Old English. Holy has been used as an intensifying word from 1837; used in expletives since 1880s (e.g. holy smoke, 1883, holy mackerel, 1876, holy cow, 1914, holy moly etc.), most of them euphemisms for holy Christ or holy Moses.