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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Other Words from biblical

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

Examples of biblical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the young women rebelled by covertly penning diaries filled with biblical verses and love letters to boys or quietly singing hymns. Seth Stern, The Christian Science Monitor, "Are more eyes better? How social media can worsen foreign crises.," 26 Apr. 2021 Indeed, to many of them, the global body is a communist front, or worse, a symbol of the biblical Antichrist. The Salt Lake Tribune, "LDS Church embraces the U.N., but some members see the global group as ‘satanic’," 25 Apr. 2021 The man’s car had several stickers on it that referenced government deception, biblical terms and the Illuminati, NBC Los Angeles reported. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Man in body armor who backed car into police vehicle fatally shot by LAPD on Sunset Blvd.," 25 Apr. 2021 This bill will allow biblical creationism or intelligent design to be taught as a scientific theory in Arkansas classrooms. Arkansas Online, "Letters," 25 Apr. 2021 An article in a magazine about biblical archeology tells of finding bones of young children in deep wells in Palestine., "Piel: ‘Did Jesus Have to Die?’ | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 23 Apr. 2021 The events of this episode are Greek in tragedy, biblical in moralism, Tarantino-esque in carnage, and Fessy-ian in pettiness. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: Running Up That Hill," 15 Apr. 2021 History doesn’t work that way, in either an American or a biblical sense. Matthew Sitman, The New Republic, "Whither the Religious Left?," 15 Apr. 2021 Israel considers the West Bank to be the historical and biblical heartland of the Jewish people and says any partition should be agreed on in negotiations. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Trump-era spike in Israeli settlement growth has only begun," 14 Apr. 2021

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Biblical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of biblical

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


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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