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[ hoh-lee-nis ]


  1. the quality or state of being holy; sanctity.

    Synonyms: saintliness, godliness, blessedness

  2. (initial capital letter) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually preceded by His or Your ).



/ ˈhəʊlɪnɪs /


  1. preceded byhis or your a title once given to all bishops, but now reserved for the pope



/ ˈhəʊlɪnɪs /


  1. the state or quality of being holy
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  • self-holi·ness noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of holiness1

before 900; Middle English holynesse, Old English hālignes. See holy, -ness
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Example Sentences

There was much laughter, which she describes as “carbonated holiness.”

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The portrait of His Holiness that until recently adorned the main prayer hall at the Ganden Sumtseling Monastery has been removed.

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We applaud the parents who are putting in the enormous effort necessary to properly form their kids’ consciences in a culture that has become so hostile to holiness.

Nonetheless, that “inward sweetness” awakened the future preacher to a rather uncommon youthful aptitude for holiness.

Later, Edwards noted that many of his youngest members “clearly exemplified” what he called the universal holiness of life.

I went to Dharamsala and met His Holiness [the Dalai Lama] there.

The men are being made saints because of their obvious holiness, and because they are both responsible for medical miracles.

“His Holiness and the Vatican have been clear about a range of issues,” Obama said after the meeting.

They burnt the chosen city of holiness, and made the streets thereof desolate according to the prediction of Jeremias.

To me the national affectation of piety and holiness resembles a white shirt put on over a dirty skin.

His envoys had proposed to refer the knotty point to the decision of His Holiness; but 'this they absolutely declined.'

Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.

What have we to do with such dreamy, self-centred, emotional holiness, here and now in London?


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What does holiness mean?

Holiness is a state of religious purity or devotion, as in Our faith says that holiness comes from serving other people and praying often.

Holiness is also used as a title for some religions’ leaders. If you ever meet the Catholic Church’s Pope or Tibetan Buddhism’s Dalia Lama, you can refer to them as your Holiness.

Example: The holiness of this relic is a hotly debated subject in religious circles.

Where does holiness come from?

The first records of the term holiness come from before 900. It comes from the Old English hālignes. It combines the word holy, which means “recognized or declared sacred,” and the suffix ness, which creates abstract nouns defining the quality of something.

While many religions have a form of holiness, it is understood differently depending on the context. Some religions assign holiness to specific objects, making them relics or sacred items. Sometimes people can have holiness, such as religious leaders or people who follow the laws of their specific faith. Holiness is seen as a goal for many major religions.

Informally, holiness can be used to describe an object that is very important to someone.

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  • self-holiness (noun)

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How is holiness used in real life?

When capitalized, Holiness is usually used as a title for a religious leader. In other uses, it refers to a devotion to and a purity of faith.

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Priya’s holiness was reflected in how she cared for the needy in her community.