hieratic

adjective
hi·​er·​at·​ic | \ ˌhī-(ə-)ˈra-tik How to pronounce hieratic (audio) \

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

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Other Words from hieratic

hieratically \ ˌhī-​(ə-​)ˈra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce hieratically (audio) \ adverb

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Napoleon’s stature here is magnified by the hieratic frontality of his pose and the fact that the image fills almost the entire canvas. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "Portraiture as Propaganda," 17 Aug. 2018 This impact of Owens’s hieratic wife and muse, the golden-toothed, henna-tattooed Michele Lamy, is also omnipresent, not least because her unique cackling laugh, mixed into a show-reel soundtrack, rings through the exhibition. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "In Milan, Hamish Bowles Examines the Creative Mind With Exhibitions on Rick Owens and Ettore Sottsass," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of hieratic

1669, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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Dictionary Entries near hieratic

hierarchism

hierarchize

hierarchy

hieratic

hieratite

-hieric

hiero-

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