Definition of holiness in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhōlēnəs/


1The state of being holy: a life of holiness and total devotion to God
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  • Moses learns at that moment of contemplation, four things about holiness.
  • All religions have their symbols of holiness through which the sacred flows into the mundane.
  • Paul also tells us to lead quiet lives in godliness and holiness.
1.1 (His/Your Holiness) A title given to the Pope, Orthodox patriarchs, and the Dalai Lama, or used in addressing them.
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  • A news agency recently reported you as the spiritual adviser to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • In the typical Tibetan home, there are photographs displayed of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other incarnate masters.
  • 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.
1.2 [as 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.
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  • The current interest in spirituality speaks to the holiness movement that was at the core of it.
  • A former Methodist pastor and holiness preacher had established a bible school.
  • These people knew the holiness code cover to cover and could quote you chapter and verse.


Old English hālignes (see holy, -ness).

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Syllabification: ho·li·ness

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