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Holy (comp. “--er:” Wint V, 1, 31. Tim. IV, 3, 430. superl. “--est,” Compl. 233), 1) perfectly pure, immaculate, godlike: “by God's h. mother,” R3 I, 3, 306. III, 7, 2. “by h. Mary,” H8 V, 2, 33. “some h. angel,” Mcb. III, 6, 45. “like h. Phoebus' car,” Ant. IV, 8, 29. “by the h. Gods,” Per. III, 4, 7. V, 1, 200 etc. “plain and h. innocence,” Tp. III, 1, 82. “in the name of something h.” III, 3, 94 etc.
2) sainted: “our h. Abram,” Merch. I, 3, 73. “a h. maid,” H6A I, 2, 51. a h. prophete<*>s, I, 4, 102. “h. Joan,” II, 1, 49. “by h. Paul,” R3 I, 3, 45. “the H. Land,” R2 V, 6, 49. H4B III, 1, 108. IV, 5, 211. “the h. wars in Palestine,” John II, 4.
3) consecrated by religion, sacred, reverend; used of persons of a religious order or character: “h. father,” Meas. I, 3, 1. Meas. I, 3, 1 “most h. sir,” III, 1, 47. “as I was then advertising and h. to your business,” V, 388 (i. e. in the character of a priest. I was to == I belonged to; cf. Be). “this h. friar,” Ado V, 4, 58. Merch. V, 33. All's III, 5, 42. Tw. IV, 3, 23. V, 145. John III, 1, 135. III, 4, 44. V, 2, 65. H6A III, 1, 111. H6B IV, 4, 9. R3 III, 2, 117. Ant. II, 2, 244 etc. Jocularly: “a h. parcel of the fairest dames,” LLL V, 2, 160. Of religious actions, things, and institutions: “my h. order,” Meas. IV, 3, 152. “my h. errand,” John III, 1, 137. “his h. state,” H6A III, 1, 58. “the h. church,” John V, 2, 71. H5 I, 1, 23. “by the h. rood,” R3 III, 2, 77. IV, 4, 165. “by h. human law,” Lucr. 571. “h. wedlock vow,” Lucr. 571 H6C III, 3, 243. “a h. and obsequious tear,” Sonn. 31, 5. “sweet beauty hath no name, no h. bower,” 127, 7. “from this h. fire of Love,” 153, 5. “h. vows,” Compl. 179. “with full and h. rite,” Tp. IV, 1, 17; Ado V, 4, 68. “h. prayers,” Gent. I, 1, 17; Err. IV, 4, 58; V, 104; Mcb. IV, 3, 154. “seal the bargain with a h. kiss,” Gent. II, 2, 7; Tw. V, 161; Rom. IV, 1, 43. “I intend h. confession,” Gent. IV, 3, 44. “between you I shall have a h. head,” Err. II, 1, 80 (by having it broken across). “in a h. band,” Ado III, 1, 114; cf. LLL V, 2, 756; Lr. II, 2, 80. “the h. edifice,” Merch. I, 1, 30. “an evil soul producing h. witness,” I, 3, 100. “our h. Sabbath,” IV, 1, 36. “h. crosses,” V, 31. “with h. bell,” As II, 7, 121. “h. bread,” III, 4, 15. “I desire your h. wishes,” All's I, 1, 68. “h. writ,” II, 1, 141; R3 I, 3, 337; Oth. III, 3, 324. “the h. text,” H4B IV, 2, 7. “in some h. place,” H6A III, 3, 14. “h. saws of sacred writ,” H6B I, 3, 61. “my h. oath,” H6C V, 1, 89. “the h. privilege of sanctuary,” R3 III, 1, 41 etc.
4) pious, godly, virtuous, righteous, of a pure heart: “in him those h. antique hours are seen,” Sonn. 68, 9. “a nun of --est note,” Compl. 233. “h. Gonzalo,” Tp. V, 62. “Silvia is too fair, too true, too h.” Gent. IV, 2, 5. Gent. IV, 2, 5 “the offence is h. that she hath committed,” Wiv. V, 5, 238. “as h. as severe,” Meas. III, 2, 276. “with h. abstinence,” IV, 2, 84. “so h. a man,” IV, 3, 117. V, 144. “the carriage of a h. saint,” Err. III, 2, 14. “'tis h. sport,” Err. III, 2, 14 “h. men at their death have good inspirations,” Merch. I, 2, 30. As II, 3, 13. III, 5, 99. Wint. V, 1, 29. Wint. V, 1, 29 John III, 3, 15 (== devout). H4B I, 1, 202. R3 I, 2, 5. III, 7, 99. Cor. III, 3, 113. Tim. IV, 3, 430. Cymb. I, 6, 166. III, 4, 62. 180 etc.
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