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

Examples of biblical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brandt and Botham Jean were raised in the Church of Christ in St. Lucia, and their mother, Allison, gave them biblical middle names -- Botham Shem and Brandt Samuel. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Botham Jean's brother accepts award from police group and implores them to 'amplify the value of all lives'," 3 Dec. 2019 Everyone loves a good love story, but truth is, Timona may never come to be in the biblical sense. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A.’s zoo hippo hungry for love from star Fiona in Cincinnati," 14 Mar. 2018 The endlessly-relatable star of biblical (or scarf?) allegory mother! is seen in a video posted on Twitter commandeering the speaker system on a flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles before the big game on Sunday. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Jennifer Lawrence Takes Over Plane Loudspeaker for Eagles Chant," 5 Feb. 2018 Wild weather, including severe droughts interrupted by torrential rains, has produced ideal breeding conditions for the desert locust, a pest that has threatened crops since biblical times. Nathanial Gronewold, Scientific American, "To Track Massive Locust Swarms, Officials Use Tool that Forecasts Smoke Plumes," 15 May 2020 As news went in the field of biblical studies, this was a bombshell. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 The biblical allusions bring up intriguing points of analysis: Adam and Eve, sure, in the garden with a devilish snake. Darren Franich,, "Ten years later, Lost's most tantalizing mysteries are still 'Across the Sea'," 11 May 2020 Most of the cases were in the biblical city of Bethlehem., "Palestinians Report 1st Cases of Coronavirus in Gaza Strip," 10 May 2020 Except a serious parent would have bought the book, dog-eared its pages, and referred to it with biblical frequency. Fiona Maazel, Harper's Magazine, "I Incriminate Myself So No One Else Can," 27 Apr. 2020

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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 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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