Definition of Holy water

1. Noun. Water that has been blessed by a priest for use in symbolic purification.

Generic synonyms: H2o, Water

Definition of Holy water

1. Noun. (Christianity) In certain Christian churches, water that has been sanctified by a priest or bishop for the purpose of baptism or for the blessing of persons, places, or things. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Holy Water

holy man
holy moley
holy moly
holy of holies
holy oil
holy order
holy orders
holy person
holy place
holy smoke
holy terror
holy thistle
holy war
holy wars
holy water (current term)
holy water sprinkler
holy waters

Literary usage of Holy water

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"holy water: Water over which the prayer of consecration has been offered, which is then used symbolically in ceremonial lustration. ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"It is known that some of the faithful believed that holy water possessed ... Balsamen tells us that, in the Greek Church, they "made" holy water at the ..."

3. A Glossary of Liturgical and Ecclesiastical Terms by Frederick George Lee (1877)
"holy water is used by Christians of the Latin, Greek, and other Oriental rites ... A small stone font or receptacle for holy water, commonly placed in or ..."

4. Curiosities of Popular Customs and of Rites, Ceremonies, Observances, and by William Shepard Walsh (1897)
"The cure or a priest of the parish in a beretta and white surplice, a prayer book in his hand, and preceded by a little choir-boy who carries the holy water ..."

5. Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine Counties of by Chetham Society (1885)
"How aide is the vse of holy water? TT came cue from the Apostles, as it may be thought. For •** mention thereof is made in the Epistle of Pope Alexander. ..."

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