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

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Examples of pharaonic in a Sentence

the building of the Hoover Dam was a construction project of pharaonic proportions
Recent Examples on the Web The effect was of a fancier yet more impersonal Tahrir, both militaristic and pharaonic — exactly what President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who ordered the changes, surely wanted. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams," 23 Jan. 2021 The city sits on the Nile River and, during and after pharaonic times, was a frontier town for the Greeks, Romans, Turks and British. New York Times, "11 Hotels to Visit in Your Dreams," 11 Nov. 2020 Its origin story begins with the birth of pharaonic culture itself. National Geographic, "Anonymous artists invented ancient Egypt's iconic style," 27 Aug. 2020 While Egyptologists had built up a complex picture of the millennial pharaonic culture, Hattusa was only excavated beginning in the early 20th century. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Taylor reached back to a vague anecdote from Manetho, the ancient Egyptian scholar of the post-pharaonic period who had originated the standard system of numbered dynasties. Jimmy Maher, Ars Technica, "How alternative Egyptology and scientific archaeology were born on the Giza Plateau," 15 Mar. 2020 Gioia never mentions that cross-cultural hotbed of female musical innovation, the pharaonic harem. Los Angeles Times, "Review: The history of music — all of it — in 400-plus pages," 14 Oct. 2019 In southern Egypt and northern Sudan, many farmers still depend on the Coptic calendar, a variation of the ancient pharaonic calendar. Peter Schwartzstein, National Geographic, "Indigenous farming practices failing as climate change disrupts seasons," 14 Oct. 2019 One finding was in the West Valley, also referred to as the Valley of the Monkeys, reports Ahram Online, and the other was in the East Valley, which is home to the country's famous pharaonic tombs. Fox News, "Ancient Egyptian 'industrial zone' uncovered in Luxor's 'Valley of the Monkeys'," 12 Oct. 2019

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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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“Pharaonic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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