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hagiographer Tweet Definition of hagiographer Like Definition of hagiographer on Facebook
  1. someone who writes the biography of a saint
  2. someone who writes praising and flattering things about a person (as if that person were a saint)
hagiography Tweet Definition of hagiography Like Definition of hagiography on Facebook
noun (hagiograph, ies)
  1. A biography of a saint.
  2. A biography which expresses reverence and respect for its subject.
  3. (context, by extension) A tactic adopted in Stalinist Russia to increase the popularity and power of Lenin.
hajji Tweet Definition of hajji Like Definition of hajji on Facebook
  1. A title earned by participating in a hajj
  2. (slang) A general term for Muslims or Arabs.
halidom Tweet Definition of halidom Like Definition of halidom on Facebook
  1. (obsolete) holiness, Holiness.
  2. (archaic) A sanctuary.
  3. (archaic) A holy relic.
  • 1819: "By my ," said he, "we have forgotten, Sir Prior, to name the fair Sovereign of Love and of Beauty, by whose white hand the palm is to be distributed." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
Halloween Tweet Definition of Halloween Like Definition of Halloween on Facebook
  1. The eve of All Hallows' Day; 31st October; celebrated (mostly in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland,) by children going door-to-door in costume and demanding candy with menaces.
Hallowmas Tweet Definition of Hallowmas Like Definition of Hallowmas on Facebook
  1. (archaic) All Saints Day, November 1
harrow Tweet Definition of harrow Like Definition of harrow on Facebook
  1. A device consisting of a heavy framework having several disks or teeth in a row, which is dragged across ploughed land to smooth or break up the soil, to remove weeds or cover seeds; a harrow plow.
    • 1918: He sent for the carpenter, who was under contract to be with the threshing-machine, but it turned out that he was mending the harrows, which should have been mended the week before Lent. " Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, p. 153)
  1. To drag a harrow over; to break up with a harrow.
  2. To traumatize or disturb; to subject to a harrowing experience; to frighten or torment.
The headless horseman harrowed Ichabod Crane as he tried to reach the bridge.
hearse Tweet Definition of hearse Like Definition of hearse on Facebook
  1. A hind in the year of its age.
  2. A framework of wood or metal placed over the coffin or tomb of a deceased person, and covered with a pall; also, a temporary canopy bearing wax lights and set up in a church, under which the coffin was placed during the funeral ceremonies.
  3. A grave, coffin, tomb, or sepulchral monument.
  4. A bier or handbarrow for conveying the dead to the grave.
  5. A carriage specially adapted or used for conveying the dead to the grave.
verb (hearses, hearsing, hearsed, hearsed)
  1. (dated) To enclose in a hearse; to entomb.
heathenism Tweet Definition of heathenism Like Definition of heathenism on Facebook
  1. paganism
  2. heathen manners or morals
Heaven Tweet Definition of Heaven Like Definition of Heaven on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female) of modern usage from the noun heaven.
heavenly Tweet Definition of heavenly Like Definition of heavenly on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to the heaven believed in by many Christian denominations, divine, good, beautiful, glorious, pleasurable.
  2. Of or pertaining to the kingdom of God of the Bible.
  3. Generally wonderful, amazing or lovely
Oh, please continue giving me a massage - it's absolutely .
hell Tweet Definition of hell Like Definition of hell on Facebook
  1. (countable) A place or situation of great suffering in life.
My new boss is making my job a .
    • 1879, General William T. Sherman, commencement address at the Michigan Military Academy
    • : There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all .
      1. (countable) A place for gambling.
    • 1907, w:Joseph Conrad, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
      ... the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; ...
proper noun
  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
  2. (Christianity, uncountable) The place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death.
May you rot in !
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
    • : Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    • : Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke.
hellfire Tweet Definition of hellfire Like Definition of hellfire on Facebook
  1. (uncountable) the fire of Hell
  2. (uncountable) fire produced by the Devil, or a similar supernatural creature connected to Hell
  3. (countable) a fire that burns with unusual heat or ferocity
  4. (countable) a person, especailly a young woman, who is inclined to create trouble
Watch out for that Suzie, she's a real .
heresy Tweet Definition of heresy Like Definition of heresy on Facebook
noun (pl=heresies)
  1. (context, religion) A doctrine held by a member of a religion at variance with established religious beliefs, especially dissension from Roman Catholic dogma.
    • 1968 History of Western Civilization edited Heyes Baldwin & Cole. p.47. Macmillan. Library of Congress 67-13596.
    • :"Heresy meant deliberate departure from the accepted doctrines of the church. It was intellectual and spiritual dissent and concerned the beliefs of Christianity, not the morals of its adherents."
      1. A controversial or unorthodox opinion held by a member of a group, as in politics, philosophy, or science.
heretic Tweet Definition of heretic Like Definition of heretic on Facebook
  1. Someone who disobeys or disbelieves fundamental tenets of a religion they claim to belong to.
  1. Of or pertaining to heresy or
    1. Noun, heretics.
heteroousian Tweet Definition of heteroousian Like Definition of heteroousian on Facebook
  1. having different essence or substance, especially with reference to the first and second persons of the Trinity
hierarch Tweet Definition of hierarch Like Definition of hierarch on Facebook
  1. One who has high and controlling authority in sacred things; the chief of a sacred order; as, princely hierarchs.
hierarchy Tweet Definition of hierarchy Like Definition of hierarchy on Facebook
noun (hierarchies)
  1. A body of ruling officials organized in nested ranks.
  2. Any group of objects ranked so that every one but the topmost is subordinate to a specified one above it.
Hieronymite Tweet Definition of Hieronymite Like Definition of Hieronymite on Facebook
  1. A member of any of various mediaeval congregations of hermits named after St. Jerome.
high priest Tweet Definition of high priest Like Definition of high priest on Facebook
  1. A clergyman with a higher function than a normal priest.
  2. In the history of the Hebrew Testament (Tanakh), the male person who was responsible for making the annual sacrifice on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Always a descendant of Aaron the older brother of Moses.
  3. Jesus Christ.
  4. (context, Mormonism) The second-lowest office in the Melchizedek priesthood.
Jake was ordained a when he was called to be a counselor in a bishopric.
Holiness Tweet Definition of Holiness Like Definition of Holiness on Facebook
  1. (countable) Used in connection with his, His or your, Your to address to the pope.
holy Tweet Definition of holy Like Definition of holy on Facebook
noun (holies)
  1. (archaic) A thing that is extremely holy; used almost exclusively in the context of the phrase "holy of holies".
Franz von Reber, Joseph Thacher Clarke, History of Ancient Art (1882) p. 146:
:The of holies, a cubical space of ten cubits on the side, was separated from the larger antechamber by four columns, which were also covered with gold and stood upon silver sockets; they bore a second curtain of four colors.
adjective (holier, holiest)
  1. Dedicated to a religious purpose or a god.
  2. To be revered according to a religion.
  3. To be perfect or flawless.
  4. Separted or set apart from something unto something or someone else.
  5. Set apart or dedicated for a specific purpose, or for use by a single entity or person.
  6. (slang): An intensifier in an interjection.
Holy cow, I can"t believe he actually lost the race!
Holy Bread Tweet Definition of Holy Bread Like Definition of Holy Bread on Facebook
nounholy, Holy bread, Bread
  1. The consecrated bread used in the eucharist
Holy Communion Tweet Definition of Holy Communion Like Definition of Holy Communion on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A Christian sacrament commemorating the Last Supper of Christ.
Holy Father Tweet Definition of Holy Father Like Definition of Holy Father on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Our Father in Heaven. The Creator. YHWH.
  2. The title of the Pope of the Catholic Church, the leader of the world's largest religion. His official residence is in the soverign state of the Vatican City. The current Holy Father is His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI
Holy Ghost Tweet Definition of Holy Ghost Like Definition of Holy Ghost on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Christian) One of the three figures of the Holy Trinity, the others being the Father (God) and the Son (Jesus), known as a spirit of God.
Holy Grail Tweet Definition of Holy Grail Like Definition of Holy Grail on Facebook
nounholy grail (plural holy grails)
  1. A distant, all-but-unobtainable ultimate goal of a person or organization.
  2. A difficult or near-impossible goal that would prove to be a major benefit (example: "nanotechnology is the holy grail of medicine")
proper nounthe Holy Grail
  1. An artifact in Christian mythology, being the dish used by Christ at the Last Supper and in which some of his blood was caught during the Crucifixion.
Holy Saturday Tweet Definition of Holy Saturday Like Definition of Holy Saturday on Facebook
  1. the Saturday immediately after Good Friday and before Easter
Holy Spirit Tweet Definition of Holy Spirit Like Definition of Holy Spirit on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Christian) One of the three parts of the Holy Trinity, the others being the Father (God) and the Son (Jesus). Has superceded the term Holy Ghost in many Christian denominations.
Holy Week Tweet Definition of Holy Week Like Definition of Holy Week on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The week preceding Easter containing Palm Sunday, Spy Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday
Holy Writ Tweet Definition of Holy Writ Like Definition of Holy Writ on Facebook
  1. The Bible.
  2. The sacred writings of the Christian religion.
  3. The sacred writings of any religion.
homily Tweet Definition of homily Like Definition of homily on Facebook
noun (homilies)
  1. A sermon, especially concerning a practical matter
  2. A moralizing lecture
  3. A platitude
homoiousian Tweet Definition of homoiousian Like Definition of homoiousian on Facebook
  1. having a similar but not identical essence, especially with reference to the first and second persons of the Trinity
homoousian Tweet Definition of homoousian Like Definition of homoousian on Facebook
  1. Having the same essence or substance, especially with reference to the first and second persons of the Trinity
host Tweet Definition of host Like Definition of host on Facebook
noun (rfc, Is the computer .)
  1. A person who allows a guest, particularly into the host's home.
A good host is always considerate of the guest's needs.
  1. A person or organization responsible for running an event.
Our company is host of the annual conference this year.
  1. A moderator or master of ceremonies for a performance.
The host was terrible, but the acts themselves were good.
  1. (computing) (Internet) (context, Unix) Any computer attached to a network.
  2. (computing) (context, networking) A computer or software component that provides services.
This machine is the host of the name server.
  1. A cell or organism in which a virus replicates.
Viruses depend on the host that they infect in order to be able to reproduce
  1. (evolutionism, genetics) An organism bearing certain genetic material.
The so-called junk DNA provides no benefit to its host.
  1. To perform the role of a host.
  • Our company will host the annual conference this year.
  • I was terrible at hosting that show.
  • I'll be hosting tonight. I hope I'm not terrible.
  • Kremvax hosts a variety of services.
    1. (context, computing, Internet) To run software made available to a remote user or process.
    1. 1987 May 7, Selden E. Ball, Jr., "Re: Ethernet Terminal Concentrators", <tt>comp.protocols.tcp-ip</tt>, Usenet
    2. :CMU/TEK TCP/IP software uses an excessive amount of cpu resources for terminal support both outbound, when accessing another system, and inbound, when the local system is hosting a session.
    housel Tweet Definition of housel Like Definition of housel on Facebook
    1. (archaic) the Eucharist
    Huguenot Tweet Definition of Huguenot Like Definition of Huguenot on Facebook
    1. A member of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th century.
    hyperdulia Tweet Definition of hyperdulia Like Definition of hyperdulia on Facebook
    1. (Roman Catholicism) a level of veneration higher than dulia but less than latria, properly given to the Virgin Mary
    hypostatic Tweet Definition of hypostatic Like Definition of hypostatic on Facebook
    1. (theology) Pertaining to hypostasis, especially with reference to w:Hypostatic union, hypostatic union.
    2. (medicine) Pertaining to hypostasis.
    3. (genetics) Of a gene, affected by hypostasis.

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