- the quality or state of being holy; sanctity.
- (initial capital letter) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually preceded by His or Your).
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Examples from the Web for holiness
Nonetheless, that “inward sweetness” awakened the future preacher to a rather uncommon youthful aptitude for holiness.The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist
Matthew Paul Turner
August 24, 2014
I went to Dharamsala and met His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] there.Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer
July 2, 2014
“His Holiness and the Vatican have been clear about a range of issues,” Obama said after the meeting.Their Cordial Meeting Proves the Common Bonds of Obama and Pope Francis
March 27, 2014
“Your Holiness, Mr. Loeb covered a lot of territory,” Brooks said, turning to the Dalai Lama for his response.At American Enterprise Institute, NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’
February 21, 2014
The idea of "proximity to holiness" concedes to Orthodoxy the very game at which liberals lose by default.Women: Talk To The Wall
June 14, 2013
If that be holiness, I could show you hogs in this forest who are fit to head the calendar.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
We cannot increase or diminish God's holiness by anything that we do.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Make me to long only for the beauty of holiness, and to be satisfied if I attain to it.The Village Watch-Tower
(AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
"It's very strange that we have not met his Holiness," exclaimed Narcisse.
If Monsignor Palma proves obstinate his Holiness will never consent.
- the state or quality of being holy
- (preceded by his or your) a title once given to all bishops, but now reserved for the pope
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Word Origin and History for holiness
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