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

Definition of hieratic

  1. 1 :  constituting or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing simpler than the hieroglyphic

  2. 2 :  sacerdotal

  3. 3 :  highly stylized or formal <hieratic poses>


play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology 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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