Ho"li*ness, n. [AS. h&amac;lignes.]

1.

The state or quality of being holy; perfect moral integrity or purity; freedom from sin; sanctity; innocence.

Who is like thee, glorious in holiness! Ex. xv. 11.

2.

The state of being hallowed, or consecrated to God or to his worship; sacredness.

Israel was holiness unto the Lord. Jer.ii.3.

His holiness, a title of the pope; -- formerly given also to Greek bishops and Greek emperors.

Syn. -- Piety; devotion; godliness; sanctity; sacredness; righteousness.

 

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