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Haly, adj. Also: halé, hali(e, haley, hally, hallye, hallie, haily, haillé, hail(l)ie, haelé, hely, helly, hellie. [Northern ME. haly, hali, midl. and southern holy, etc., OE. háliᵹ.] Holy, in usual senses as applied to persons, things, places, or abstract concepts.Early examples in place-names are Haliwelburn (a 1230), Halistane (1329), Halywell (1398).For use in various special collocations, in addition to haly blude, haly croce, etc., given below, see also the articles on evangel, fader, graif (grave), sacrament, tre, trinité, vangell.(1) a1400 Leg. S. ii. 461.
Thu art digne callit to be Now haly folk and pepill chosyn
Ib. vii. 170.
Rychtwyseste Of almen and the halyaste
c1420 Wynt. i. 1061.
Before Sylvestre, the haly Pape
Ib. v. 3428.
Saynct Basyle … wes off lyff a haly man
1456 Hay I. 24/5.
The said King Lowys, the haly king
Ib. II. 41/27.
The haly court of hevin
1490 Irland Mir. I. 150/22.
Mony thingis … the haly kyrk ascryvis and redis of this haly lady
c1500-c1512 Dunb. Tua Mar. W. 473.
Ȝit am I haldin a haly wif
Id. lxvi. 41.
Kirkmen so halie ar and gude
Ib. viii. ii. 13.
O thou haly fader Tiberyne, … Ressaue Eneas
1532 Edinb. B. Rec. II. 59.
The Virgen Marie and the hallye confessour Sanct Rok
1533 Bell. Livy I. 49/25.
Thai thocht nathing mare vnlesum than to troubil sa haly & religious pepill
1562-3 Winȝet II. 19/19.
Our haly forebearis and forefatheris
a1568 Scott i. 121.
For sum ar sene at sermones seme sa halye
1596 Dalr. I. 106/7.
The Ecclesiasticall ordour … , that maist haly ordour
Ib. 248/12.
A haly and devote preist
1599 Rollock Wks. I. 426.
The bodie suld be the temple of the Halie Sprit, gif thou fyle the sait of that halie ane, schame sall licht on thee
absol. 1456 Hay I. 189/28.
Fra the halyest of all haly come in erde
(2) a1400 Leg. S. x. 28.
It in haly buke is rede
c1420 Wynt. v. 4032.
Anoynted with haly oyhle
1456 Hay I. 14/7.
The haly creme of the haly baptesme
1490 Irland Mir. fol. 146 b.
The haly body of Jhesu
a1508 Kennedy Flyt. 277.
Than spulȝeit thay the haly stane of Scone
1513 Doug. ii. iii. 44.
The haly ymage … [thai] Pollute and fylit
Ib. iv. 546.
For he the haly hors … presumyt for to deir
1538 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III. 18.
All the lef fra the north neuk of the Hely fald ... to lye in the commonty
1551 Acts II. 482/1.
Thame that … cummis to the halie buird of God and ressauis thair sacrament
1560 Rolland Seven S. 1058.
He feidis vs with his haly hand
1562-3 Winȝet II. 6/1.
In the wpbigging of thir haly wallis
1600-1610 Melvill 375.
We mein nocht … to cast our halie things to doogges
(3) c1420 Wynt. vii. 664.
He had in gret delyt Haly placys till wysyte
?1438 Alex. i. 2492.
[May] my saull cum neuer in haly steid
c1460 Wisdom Sol. 724.
Mony men ar in haly placis louit in al thare lyf
c1520-c1535 Nisbet Matth. iv. 5.
Than the feend tuke him into the hali citee
?1549 Monro W. Isles 18.
The 7 iles of Flavian callit … girth and halie isles
(4) 1375 Barb. iv. 683.
Ysay, That throu his haly grace can tel Feill thingis that eftirward befell
a1400 Leg. S. ix. 86.
Thi haly bedis brynnis me
Ib. xviii. 1078.
Quhene … tyme [is] cummyne of the haly faste
Ib. xxxiii. 3.
Of sancte George … To translait the haly story
c1420 Wynt. vi. 2344.
In till honowre off hym … Weddnesday thai held haly
1456 Hay I. 236/35.
The servandis of God … techis the haly faith to cristin men
a1500 Henr. Fab. 1382.
Quhen haly preiching may na thing auaill
1490 Irland Mir. I. 32/2.
He … that couth deuotlie say or sing this haly chansoune
Ib. 35/25.
That we repet na thing haliar nore sa haly as … his glorius name
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxx. 26.
In haly legendis haif I hard [etc.]
1531 Bell. Boece I. lxiii.
King Edward, quhilk was ekit for his haly lif to the nowmer of the sanctis
1551 Hamilton Cat. 40.
The haly feir of our Lord enduris for evirmair
1573 Cath. Tr. 18/19.
Becaus the kirk of God, as it is halie, sua it is catholick or vniuersall
1596 Dalr. I. 120/22.
Frome the first and halyest exemple of the lawis
1600-1610 Melvill 411.
Ther was nather hallie, grave, nor ordourlie proceiding thairin
1622-6 Bisset I. 39/7.
Nocht dirogatting to halie decreis … of the kirk Gallican

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