adjective hi·er·at·ic \ˌhī-(ə-)ˈra-tik\

Definition of HIERATIC

:  constituting or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing simpler than the hieroglyphic
:  highly stylized or formal <hieratic poses>
hi·er·at·i·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin of HIERATIC

Latin hieraticus sacerdotal, from Greek hieratikos, from hierasthai to perform priestly functions, from hieros sacred; probably akin to Sanskrit iṣara vigorous
First Known Use: 1669


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