Definition of Holy of holies

1. Noun. (figurative) something regarded as sacred or inviolable. "Every politician fears to touch that holy of holies, the Social Security System"

Generic synonyms: Sacredness

2. Noun. (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept.
Exact synonyms: Sanctum Sanctorum
Generic synonyms: Sanctuary
Group relationships: Tabernacle
Category relationships: Judaism

Definition of Holy of holies

1. Proper noun. The most sacred place within a sacred building. ¹

2. Proper noun. (informal humorous) One's private retreat or sanctum. ¹

3. Noun. (alternative spelling of Holy of Holies) ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Holy Of Holies

holy crickets
holy cross
holy day
holy day of obligation
holy family
holy grails
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holy hour
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holy kamoly
holy mackerel
holy man
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holy moly
holy of holies (current term)
holy oil
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holy war
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holy waters

Literary usage of Holy of holies

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1. Dictionary of the Bible: Comprising Its Antiquities, Biography, Geography by William Robertson Smith (1896)
"22), and stood before the veil which separated the Holy place from the Holy of Holies, the throne of God (Rev. via. 4). When the priest entered the Holy ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The Holy Place; the Holy of Holies.—The house of God was of rectangular shape, sixty cubits long from east to west by twenty cubits wide and ..."

3. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1911)
"The ark having disappeared, its place in the holy of holies was taken by a flat stone ... There was a curtain between the holy place and the holy of holies, ..."

4. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"Holy of Holies (The). The innermost apartment of the Jewish temple, in. which the ark of the covenant was kept, and into which only the High ..."

5. Unbeaten Tracks in Japan: An Account of Travels in the Interior Including by Isabella Lucy Bird (1881)
"... Charms—The Geku Camphor Groves—The Temple Grounds—The Sacred Enclosure—The Shrines —The " Holy of Holies "—The Japanese Regalia—The ..."

6. The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1917)
"... consummated a national and levitical polity, by the device of setting forth their Holy of Holies as the most solemn sign of their Monotheism — exoteric- ..."

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