hieratic

adjective hi·er·at·ic \ ˌhī-(ə-)ˈra-tik \

Definition of hieratic

1 :constituting or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing simpler than the hieroglyphic
3 :highly stylized or formal
  • hieratic poses

hieratically

play \ˌhī-(ə-)ˈra-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of hieratic

Latin hieraticus sacerdotal, from Greek hieratikos, from hierasthai to perform priestly functions, from hieros sacred; probably akin to Sanskrit iṣara vigorous


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