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 biblically (audio) \ adverb

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Kempowski’s prose contains collages of confetti-size fragments from literature, biblical texts, church chorales, 1940s movies and popular songs. New York Times, "750,000 Germans Fled East Prussia in 1945. A Novelist Imagines One Family’s Exodus.," 25 May 2018 Oren said this notion rings especially true with the most recent findings of Hebrew University biblical archaeologist Eilat Mazar: The seals of Hezekiah and Isaiah. Maayan Jaffe-hoffman, Jewish Journal, "The untold story of Americans unearthing Israeli archaeology," 21 June 2018 Scott included several biblical references in the music video, including walking with sheep, baptizing fans and acting as God himself while the world beneath him was on fire. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Travis Scott casts Kylie Jenner as Virgin Mary figure in new music video," 7 Aug. 2018 The in 1858, the French geographer Antonio Snider-Pellegrini also suggested the continents moved apart laterally, again pointing to the biblical flood as the main instigator. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 Evangelicals say their affinity stems from Christianity's Jewish roots and some view Israel's establishment as fulfilling biblical prophecy. Aron Heller, Fox News, "US embassy jubilantly opens in Jerusalem as Gaza rages," 14 May 2018 When Hurricane Matthew came through the flooding was biblical. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "Hurricane Florence Takes Toll on Business and Travel Ahead of Landfall," 13 Sep. 2018 The video makes endless biblical references and pitches Kylie as the modern-day Virgin Mary—if the Virgin Mary had worn a bedazzled bodysuit and a sleek up-do while doing her thing. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner in Travis Scott's New Music Video Is a Golden Goddess," 7 Aug. 2018 After the first leg—which kicked off 23 hours late due to biblical downpours—ended 2-2, the outcome depended entirely on the second leg. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "South America’s Soccer Final Postponed for Second Time," 25 Nov. 2018

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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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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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