biblical

adjective
bib·​li·​cal | \ˈbi-bli-kəl \

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 \ adverb

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In the 17th and 18th centuries, many Europeans thought the planet was shaped by a series of biblical catastrophes, and the wrath of God remained a trendy explanation for the position of the continents. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 At a time when the Attorney General of the United States is using biblical verses to defend putting children in cages, and the Supreme Court is upholding anti-Muslim travel bans, very few reminders are more powerful or necessary. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Handmaid's Tale Needed Oprah As Much As We Do," 27 June 2018 The service included biblical readings by actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Hawking in a BBC drama, and by Lucy Hawking. NBC News, "Stephen Hawking's ashes buried in Westminster Abbey," 15 June 2018 The layer where the head was found dates to the 9th century B.C., the epoch associated with the rival biblical kingdoms of Israel and Judah. Bloomberg.com, "Sculpted Head of Mystery Biblical King Found in Israel," 9 June 2018 Researchers have uncovered a stunning mosaic depicting a biblical scene at the site of an ancient synagogue in Northern Israel. James Rogers, Fox News, "Stunning biblical 'spies' mosaic discovered in Israel," 12 July 2018 There are more recondite practices, such as classical and biblical names (Sophocles’ and Jesus’), but this set is the basics. John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, "Yes, you too can make plurals and possessives," 6 June 2018 Some of their leaders may truly have believed that a perfect society would be one founded on biblical principles, while others, more cynically, embraced the use of religion to put themselves on top. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "Hulu's 'Handmaid's Tale' is the one TV show right now that refuses to be a distraction," 28 June 2018 The right to life and security is not transactional in a just, compassionate society, especially one patterned after biblical, Christian principles. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "Daughters of Confederacy lose court fight to block Caddo monument removal: report," 26 Jan. 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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biblical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of biblical

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

biblical

adjective
bib·​li·​cal | \ˈbi-bli-kəl \

Kids Definition of biblical

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

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