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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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 Megadeath in the Yucatán The first comet was discovered in the 17th century—although comet-like objects have been sighted throughout history, showing up in biblical and other ancient accounts. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "We Can Save Ourselves From Earth-Killing Asteroids, But Someone Has to Pay," 11 June 2015 The books denounce evolution as untrue, for example, and one shows a cartoon of men and dinosaurs together, telling students the biblical Noah likely brought baby dinosaurs onto his ark. Anchorage Daily News, "Some Florida private schools’ curriculum downplays slavery, says humans and dinosaurs lived together," 1 July 2018 Returning to Dev Shree from this biblical scene, all hell had broken loose due to a monkey swinging on the power line, electrocuting itself, knocking out the WiFi, hot water and air-con and exploding several lights. Victoria Mather, A-LIST, "India Files: the Princely Grandeur of Rajasthan," 20 June 2018 According to many biblical scholars, it was written to refer specifically to the Judeo-Christian context of the Pauline early church. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The racist history of the Bible verse the White House uses to justify separating families," 15 June 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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