Word of the Day: Holy, Holey and Wholly


  ho-ly  /  -lē   adjective (holy, holier, holiest)  
  1. sacred; divine; pertaining to God or a deity
O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Saint Augustine, 354 – 430  
  1. regarded with reverence or designated for religious use
They are not all saints who use holy water. English Proverb  
  1. godly; filled with spiritual devotion and high morals
Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses. Francis of Assisi, 1182 – 1226  
  1. possessing extreme purity
There is a holy love and a holy rage, and our best virtues never glow so brightly as when our passions are excited in the cause. Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 – 1832  
  1. considered as deserving special respect and awe
Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Helen Keller, 1880 – 1968  
  1. (informal) used to add emphasis, an intensifier
He was a holy terror when he drank! From “Of Time and the River” by Thomas Wolfe, 1900 – 1938    


  hol-ey  /  -lē   adjective (holy, holier, holiest)  
  1. full of holes, containing holes
I darned my holey tan cashmere stockings. From “Miss Million’s Maid” by Berta Ruck, 1878 – 1978    


  whol-ly  /  -lē, hōl-  adverb  
  1. entirely, completely
There are few things wholly evil or wholly good. Abraham Lincoln, 1809 – 1865  
  1. exclusively, fully, to the exclusion of other things
Lose yourself wholly; and the more you lose, the more you will find. St. Catherine of Siena, 1347 – 1380