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holy water

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noun
  1. water blessed by a priest.

Origin of holy water

before 900; Middle English haliwater, Old English hāligwæter
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Examples from the Web for holy water

Historical Examples

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

    Samuel Brohl & Company

    Victor Cherbuliez

  • At the head of the bed, fastened to the wall, hung a receptacle for holy-water.

    The Honor of the Name

    Emile Gaboriau

  • At the head stood a crucifix and the holy-water stoup, with a sprig of fir in it….

    The Forest Farm

    Peter Rosegger

  • There were holy-water stones filled with fresh water every morning.

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


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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