holiness


holiness
holiness, sanctity are often used without distinction to mean either the state or the character of one who is spiritually perfect or of something which is sacred or hallowed.
Holiness more often implies spiritual perfection, whether intrinsic and essential
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the holiness of the Lord

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or acquired by effort
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the holiness of a saint

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than it does sacredness, although the latter implication is not uncommon
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and an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it— Isa 35:8

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Sanctity may be used either as denoting saintliness or the holiness attained by a saint
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die in the odor of sanctity

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men of eminent sanctityBurke

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or the quality of being sacred or by law and especially by natural or divine law immune from violation
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the sense of the dignity of human nature is an even more civilized feeling than the sense of the sanctity of human life— Brownell

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there is no greater sanctity in the right to combine than in the right to make other con-tracts— Justice Holmes

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Analogous words: sacredness, divineness or divinity, spirituality, blessedness, religiousness (see corresponding adjectives at HOLY): devoutness or devotion, piousness or piety (see corresponding adjectives at DEVOUT): *goodness, virtue, rectitude

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  • Holiness — • Holiness or sanctity is the outcome of sanctification, that Divine act by which God freely justifies us, and by which He has claimed us for His own; by our resulting sanctity, in act as well as in habit, we claim Him as our Beginning and as the …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Holiness — is a synonym for sanctity, the state of being holy or sacred.Holiness means to be set apartHoliness may also refer to: * Holiness movement, a specific tradition within evangelical Christianity * His Holiness, an official style of address in… …   Wikipedia

  • Holiness — Ho li*ness, n. [AS. h[=a]lignes.] 1. The state or quality of being holy; perfect moral integrity or purity; freedom from sin; sanctity; innocence. [1913 Webster] Who is like thee, glorious in holiness! Ex. xv. 11. [1913 Webster] 2. The state of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • holiness — O.E. halignis holiness, sanctity, religion; holy thing; see HOLY (Cf. holy) + NESS (Cf. ness). Cf. O.H.G. heilagnissa. As title of the Pope, it translates L. sanctitas (until c.600 also applied to bishops) …   Etymology dictionary

  • holiness — ► NOUN 1) the state of being holy. 2) (His/Your Holiness) the title of the Pope, Orthodox patriarchs, and the Dalai Lama …   English terms dictionary

  • holiness — [n] religiousness asceticism, beatitude, blessedness, consecration, devotion, devoutness, divineness, divinity, faith, godliness, grace, humility, inviolability, piety, purity, religiosity, reverence, righteousness, sacredness, saintliness,… …   New thesaurus

  • holiness — [hō′lē nis] n. [ME holinesse < OE halignesse] 1. the quality or state of being holy 2. [H ] a title of the pope (with His or Your) …   English World dictionary

  • holiness — [[t]ho͟ʊlinəs[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT: usu with supp Holiness is the state or quality of being holy. The holiness of God reveals one s own sin... We were immediately struck by this city s holiness. 2) N VOC: poss N; PRON: poss PRON (politeness) You say …   English dictionary

  • holiness — What is separated from ordinary or profane use is ‘holy’. Hence, above all, God is holy (Isa. 6:3) and his holiness extends to human beings who have transactions with him (e.g. priests in the Temple) and equipment which they use, and the… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • holiness — noun 1 (U) the quality of being pure and good in a religious way: God s holiness 2 Your/His Holiness used as a title for addressing or talking about the Pope …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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