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  1. in a pious, devout, or sacred manner.
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Origin of holily

First recorded in 1150–1200, holily is from the Middle English; word haliliy. See holy, -ly
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Examples from the Web for holily

Historical Examples of holily

  • See how gently and touchingly the day departs, and how holily the night comes!

    My New Curate

    P.A. Sheehan

  • And where is the man that walketh so holily in this covenant as becomes him, and as it requires?

  • For it will be no light sin in us to deprive of the episcopate those who offer the gifts blamelessly and holily.

  • So tranquil, so serene, yet so glorious were their beams to her, and so silently and holily did they sink into the soul.

    Helen and Arthur

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • What a sweet and holily intoxicating sensation, a delicious ecstasy!

British Dictionary definitions for holily


  1. in a holy, devout, or sacred manner
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