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Holy and wholly aren't homophones even in accents with the wine-whine merger; the words are distinguished by the length of the sonorant, that is to say 'holy' is pronounced /həʊlɪ/ or /həʊli/, while 'wholly' is pronounced /həʊlːɪ/ or /həʊlːi/, or alternatively holy (/ˈhəʊ.lɪ/) vs wholly (/ˈhəʊl.lɪ/). —This unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

If "unholy" refers to something that is evil or impure, then couldn't "holy" also refer to something that is "good" (as in, benevolent) and pure, rather than it just referring to something that is divine? -- 21:37, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

We have the sense "Perfect or flawless". Equinox 21:41, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
possible that this came from Holi via Hindi from Sanskrit holī ? --DennisDaniels (talk) 10:25, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
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