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 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 Discover early Christian history in Coptic Cairo, browse the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities, and sip on Egyptian-style coffee in the bustling Khan El-Khalili souk. Sarvesh Talreja, National Geographic, "Cairo beyond the pyramids: The ultimate itinerary," 30 July 2019 An offense against common sense as well as morality, reparations would take from Bubba and give to Barack, never mind if the former is an insolvent methamphetamine addict or the latter a dweller in near-pharaonic splendor. Graham Hillard, National Review, "The Other Case against Reparations," 22 July 2019 Embarking on his biography of Lyndon Johnson in the mid-1970s, Robert Caro went to the pharaonic LBJ library and museum in Austin, Texas. Edward Kosner, WSJ, "‘Working’ Review: ‘Just Remember: Turn Every Page’," 12 Apr. 2019 The long era of pharaonic generals may persist for many more years before the system finally collapses. James Traub, WSJ, "‘Into the Hands of the Soldiers’ Review: Arab Spring, Egypt’s Fall," 14 Aug. 2018 The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry says the artifacts include parts of five coffins, two statues of cats, a depiction of a human head made of basalt, and a pharaonic mask made of wood. Fox News, "Egypt repatriates stolen ancient artifacts from France," 7 June 2018

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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