pharaonic

adjective, often capitalized
phar·​a·​on·​ic | \ ˌfer-ā-ˈä-nik How to pronounce pharaonic (audio) \

Definition of pharaonic

1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of a pharaoh or the pharaohs
2 : enormous in size or magnitude pharaonic construction projects

Examples of pharaonic in a Sentence

the building of the Hoover Dam was a construction project of pharaonic proportions
Recent Examples on the Web Around the region Egypt on Thursday retrieved five pharaonic artifacts smuggled out of the North African country that were seized by Kuwaiti customs in 2019, said the MENA state news agency. Hadas Gold And Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 17 June 2022 The 150 statues discovered were modeled after pharaonic gods -- including the protector of graves, Anubis; the god of creation of day, Nefertem; and the god of the sun and air, Amun. Mostafa Salem, CNN, 30 May 2022 In the 1800s, one of Egypt’s rulers pried stones off the pyramids to erect new mosques (though, as far as pharaonic plunder goes, European visitors were greedier). New York Times, 24 Apr. 2022 Pharaonic chariots and more than 400 young performers dressed in pharaonic costumes paraded along the avenue. CNN, 26 Nov. 2021 The extravagant march included participants in pharaonic dress, a symphony orchestra, lighting effects, professional dancers, boats on the Nile, horse drawn carriages and more. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2021 French rule would lift Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire, out of tyranny and into prosperity, and modern France would adorn itself with pharaonic glory. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 French rule would lift Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire, out of tyranny and into prosperity, and modern France would adorn itself with pharaonic glory. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 French rule would lift Egypt, then part of the Ottoman Empire, out of tyranny and into prosperity, and modern France would adorn itself with pharaonic glory. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 13 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of pharaonic

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pharaonic

French pharaonique, from pharaon pharaoh, from Late Latin Pharaon-, Pharao

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26 Jun 2022

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“Pharaonic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pharaonic. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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