bib·​li·​cal | \ ˈbi-bli-kəl How to pronounce biblical (audio) \

Definition of biblical

1 : of, relating to, or being in accord with the Bible (see bible sense 1) a biblical passage biblical references
2 : suggestive of the Bible or Bible times his biblical beard

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biblically \ ˈbi-​bli-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biblical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of biblical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From before biblical times, through the 1700s, nails were hand wrought, forged one at a time. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2022 But what the Avalanche faced was an old-time team playing old-time hockey in front of fans seeking revenge of biblical proportions. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 Being in Nazareth helps close the distance between biblical times and today’s travels. The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Apr. 2022 Yet few readers of the Bible realize that the laws in biblical times worked differently than today. Samuel L. Boyd, The Conversation, 10 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, the Massachusetts Body of Liberties, from the title onward, is an assertion of these and other rights, and is based largely on biblical law: a profounder source than lex terrae, which was a fairly elusive standard at best. Marilynne Robinson, Harper’s Magazine , 20 July 2022 Which is why true biblical literalists have a hard time defending Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 July 2022 For millions of American Christians in the late 1800s, a Jewish return to Zion was less about helping Jews than about proving the truth of biblical prophecy in a country where many seemed to be losing their religion. Matti Friedman, The Atlantic, 15 July 2022 The biblical stories portrayed in the mosaics begin when Deborah summons the leader Barak to fight the Canaanites. Lucia Cheng, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of biblical

1652, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for biblical

Medieval Latin biblicus, from biblia

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“Biblical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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bib·​li·​cal | \ ˈbi-bli-kəl How to pronounce biblical (audio) \

Kids Definition of biblical

: relating to, taken from, or found in the Bible


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