Definition of holiness in English:

holiness

noun

mass noun
  • 1The state of being holy.

    ‘a life of holiness and total devotion to God’
    • ‘A religious Jew tries to bring holiness into everything they do, by doing it as an act that praises God, and honours everything God has done.’
    • ‘All religions have their symbols of holiness through which the sacred flows into the mundane.’
    • ‘I once read that when God created the world, sparks of his holiness were spread across the earth.’
    • ‘According to Jesus' interpretation of the law, God's chief attribute is mercy, not holiness.’
    • ‘What if you took a moment to let go of the rushing and instead reconnected with a sense of holiness or inner peace?’
    • ‘Essential to our growth in the knowledge of what God intends for us is our ongoing progress in holiness.’
    • ‘I want to give up my selfish ways and follow your lead, for yours is the way of goodness and holiness.’
    • ‘At death I will experience for the first time perfect and glorious holiness.’
    • ‘The priceless treasure of Israel is its unique Jewish identity, its spiritual power, its holiness.’
    • ‘The Scriptures teach righteousness and holiness of conduct.’
    • ‘In this way our entire lives may come to be an act of worship, encompassing purity and holiness.’
    • ‘The sweet music brings holiness and purity of thought to the mind.’
    • ‘Paul also tells us to lead quiet lives in godliness and holiness.’
    • ‘This is interpreted to mean that we should only seek to learn the Torah from a rabbi who resembles an angel in holiness and piety.’
    • ‘The worship of God must be carried out with holiness and purity.’
    • ‘We too may come to a similar point of recognizing God's holiness and our own sins.’
    • ‘It can and should be the proverbial ladder to heaven - a means of bringing holiness and sanctity into our lives.’
    • ‘In other words, only those who persevere in faith and holiness prove that they are truly saved.’
    • ‘Moses learns at that moment of contemplation, four things about holiness.’
    • ‘He was above all a holy man, but holiness is primarily about a person's relationship to God.’
    sanctity, divinity, godliness, saintliness, sanctitude, sacredness, faith, devotion, devoutness, divineness, blessedness, spirituality, religiousness, piety, piousness, righteousness, goodness, perfection, virtue, virtuousness, purity, sinlessness
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    1. 1.1His/Your Holiness A title or form of address given to the Pope, Orthodox patriarchs, and the Dalai Lama.
      • ‘Tibet's message to the world is that it has offered its best in the person of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama to the world community.’
      • ‘There was considerable anxiety about His Holiness, much anxiety as to whether he would even be able to appear in public this Sunday in his hospital room.’
      • ‘I am fortunate to find myself in the same town as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual and political leader, a simple monk.’
      • ‘A news agency recently reported you as the spiritual adviser to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.’
      • ‘And then they heard as a holy God spoke His holy law, telling His people what His holiness meant for their lives.’
      • ‘We join with our fellow citizens and millions around the world who pray for continued strength and wisdom as His Holiness leads the Catholic Church.’
      • ‘Prayers were conducted for the spread of the Buddha dharma, for the happiness of all sentient beings, and for a long and successful life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.’
      • ‘The Buddha of Compassion or His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been reborn thirteen times.’
      • ‘But let me tell you that when His Holiness the Pope was here, he spoke everyday, every afternoon you had him live on TV and radio.’
      • ‘One recent autumn, I went to conduct a series of interviews with His Holiness during a rare respite in his schedule when he was officially on retreat.’
      • ‘Here we survey a wide range of teachings by His Holiness, on topics from the personal to the political.’
      • ‘In the typical Tibetan home, there are photographs displayed of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other incarnate masters.’
      • ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama sought asylum in India.’
      • ‘Tibetan refugees attribute much of their success in exile to the ongoing guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and their Protector.’
      • ‘I became a Buddhist formally only in 1996, when I took the ceremony of refuge with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.’
      • ‘In it, His Holiness touches on many important aspects of spiritual practice.’
      • ‘The story began about eighteen years ago, well before His Holiness was elevated to his current position of Supreme Patriarch.’
      • ‘His Holiness the Pope has made his first decision since the election.’
      • ‘So when a friend of mine invited me to attend teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, I signed on for two weeks worth of teachings.’
    2. 1.2as modifier Denoting a Christian renewal movement originating in the mid 19th century among Methodists in the US, emphasizing the Wesleyan doctrine of the sanctification of believers.
      • ‘A former Methodist pastor and holiness preacher had established a bible school.’
      • ‘The holiness experience, in Meyer's teaching, was received by faith and was accessible to all.’
      • ‘The current interest in spirituality speaks to the holiness movement that was at the core of it.’
      • ‘He was deeply conscious, after his own holiness experience, of his place within the movement.’
      • ‘Rooted in the holiness tradition of Moses, the religious leaders regard the law as central to Israel's culture.’
      • ‘It was only when Meyer reconciled these elements within himself that he could carry out his ministry as a holiness teacher.’
      • ‘These people knew the holiness code cover to cover and could quote you chapter and verse.’

Origin

Old English hālignes (see holy, -ness).

Pronunciation

holiness

/ˈhəʊlɪnɪs/