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

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hieratically \ˌhī-(ə-)ˈra-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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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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hierarchism

hierarchize

hierarchy

hieratic

hieratite

-hieric

hiero-

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