Definition of Holy father

1. Noun. The head of the Roman Catholic Church.

Exact synonyms: Bishop Of Rome, Catholic Pope, Pontiff, Pope, Roman Catholic Pope, Vicar Of Christ
Group relationships: Papacy, Pontificate
Generic synonyms: Spiritual Leader, Catholic
Specialized synonyms: Antipope
Specialized synonyms: Alexander Vi, Borgia, Pope Alexander Vi, Rodrigo Borgia, Benedict Xiv, Prospero Lambertini, Benedict Xv, Giacomo Della Chiesa, Benedetto Caetani, Boniface Viii, Calixtus Ii, Guy Of Burgundy, Alfonso Borgia, Borgia, Calixtus Iii, Clement Vii, Giulio De' Medici, Clement Xi, Giovanni Francesco Albani, Clement Xiv, Lorenzo Ganganelli, Gregory, Gregory I, Gregory The Great, Saint Gregory I, St. Gregory I, Gregory, Gregory Vii, Hildebrand, Angelo Correr, Gregory, Gregory Xii, Gregory, Gregory Xiii, Ugo Buoncompagni, Bartolomeo Alberto Capillari, Gregory, Gregory Xvi, Innocent Iii, Lotario Di Segni, Giovanni Battista Cibo, Innocent Viii, Benedetto Odescalchi, Innocent Xi, Antonio Pignatelli, Innocent Xii, Angelo Guiseppe Roncalli, John Xxiii, Albino Luciano, John Paul I, John Paul Ii, Karol Wojtyla, Leo I, Leo The Great, St. Leo I, Leo Iii, Bruno, Bruno Of Toul, Leo Ix, Giovanni De'medici, Leo X, Gioacchino Pecci, Giovanni Vincenzo Pecci, Leo Xiii, Martin V, Oddone Colonna, Nicholas V, Tomasso Parentucelli, Alessandro Farnese, Paul Iii, Giovanni Battista Montini, Paul Vi, Aeneas Silvius, Enea Silvio Piccolomini, Pius Ii, Antonio Ghislieri, Pius V, Giannangelo Braschi, Giovanni Angelo Braschi, Pius Vi, Barnaba Chiaramonti, Luigi Barnaba Gregorio Chiaramonti, Pius Vii, Giovanni Maria Mastai-ferretti, Giovanni Mastai-ferretti, Pius Ix, Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, Giuseppe Sarto, Pius X, Achille Ratti, Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, Pius Xi, Eugenio Pacelli, Pius Xii, Francesco Della Rovere, Sixtus Iv, Gerbert, Sylvester Ii, Odo, Odo Of Lagery, Otho, Otho Of Lagery, Urban Ii, Guillaume De Grimoard, Urban V, Bartolomeo Prignano, Urban Vi, Maffeo Barberini, Urban Viii
Derivative terms: Pontifical, Papal

Definition of Holy father

1. Proper noun. The God in various Christian religions. ¹

2. Proper noun. The title of the Pope of the Catholic Church. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Holy Father

Holstein-Lewis fracture
Holt-Oram syndrome
Holter monitoring
Holthouse's hernia
Holy Alliance
Holy Book
Holy Bread
Holy City
Holy Communion
Holy Eucharist
Holy Father
Holy Ghost
Holy Grail
Holy Innocents' Day
Holy Joe
Holy Land
Holy Mother
Holy Mother of God
Holy Roller
Holy Rollers
Holy Roman Emperor
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II
Holy Roman Empire
Holy Sacrament

Literary usage of Holy father

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Appletons' Annual Cyclopædia and Register of Important Events of the Year (1903)
"The Irish pilgrims were received in audience by the holy father on Oct. 25. ... The patriarch presented to the holy father very valuable offerings, ..."

2. Report of the Proceedings by Church congress (1874)
"He was trained—the spiritual life in him was trained and formed by i holy father and mother. He traces it himself. He tells how his faults of deceitful- ..."

3. History of France by Jules Michelet, G. H. Smith (1892)
"The bishop of Osma, peeing thi.s, said to the holy father, ' My lord, trouble not thyself with their threats, for I tell thee truly, the bishop of Toulouse ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The decisions of these courts are final, especially when the holy father ... The question haying been referred to the holy father, the Congregation of the ..."

5. Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, &c. by Samuel Carter Hall (1841)
"So the holy father said, " Give me absolution some of ye, for my time is come ;" and they gave him absolution : and just as the breath was laving him, ..."

6. The History of the Reformation of the Church of England by Gilbert Burnet, Edward Nares (1843)
"And also our holy father, the Arrb- Bishop of Canterbury and York, ... Fu/ni 4-Л—Our holy father Sixtus the 4th, »wet Son Jesus, seven Years of Pardon, ..."

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