holiness

[hoh-lee-nis]
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noun
  1. the quality or state of being holy; sanctity.
  2. (initial capital letter) a title of the pope, formerly used also of other high ecclesiastics (usually preceded by His or Your).

Origin of holiness

before 900; Middle English holynesse, Old English hālignes. See holy, -ness
Related formsself-ho·li·ness, noun

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holiness

noun
  1. the state or quality of being holy

Holiness

noun
  1. (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
n.

Old English halignis "holiness, sanctity, religion; holy thing;" see holy + -ness. Cf. Old High German heilagnissa. As title of the Pope, it translates Latin sanctitas (until c.600 also applied to bishops).

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