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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biblically \ ˈbi-​bli-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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 To prepare students for worldwide service opportunities, CSU clearly affirms biblical sexuality. Charlotte West, Teen Vogue, "How Title IX Exemptions Allow Religious Colleges to Discriminate Against LGBTQ Students," 15 Oct. 2018 The big- city journalists reported that Darrow had revealed Bryan’s ignorance and the absurdity of his biblical literalism. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 Nelson's appeal to Christians seemed intended as a rebuttal to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who defended the policy on biblical grounds. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Christians everywhere should be up in arms": Willie Nelson speaks out on immigrant family separations at border," 19 June 2018 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

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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 \

Kids Definition of biblical

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

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