scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip(t)-shər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Definition of scripture

1a(1) capitalized : the books of the Bible often used in plural
(2) often capitalized : a passage from the Bible
b : a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative
2 : something written the primitive man's awe for any scripture— George Santayana

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

someone who frequently quotes Scripture

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Still, the scripture slipped into New York’s spiritual counterculture, attracting small pockets of questioning students. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 The traditional South Indian dance began in the temples as an artistic language imparted by the gods to communicate the scriptures though rhythm, expression and drama. Lauren Warnecke,, "'Internal Geometry' by Natya Dance Theatre is hardly radical but has women telling the story," 15 June 2019 And villain Frank Griffin's grandiloquent, scripture-misquoting rhetoric owed its distinctive cadences to 19th century Mormon writings that Frank uncovered. Hugh Hart,, "Sure, there are guns and horses and even a train robbery, but 'Godless' is no ordinary western," 19 June 2018 His family will receive friends on Thursday, June 27th from 5:00-7:30 p.m. There will be a scripture wake service at 7:00 p.m. at the Carmon Funeral Home & Family Center, 301 Country Club Road, Avon., "Zlatko Strbuncelj," 25 June 2019 References to tales, characters, and messages from ancient texts and scriptures can be found sprinkled beyond the modern-day international borders of the region. Harish C Menon, Quartz India, "Sri Lanka’s first ever satellite is named after the ultimate villain of Hindu mythology," 19 June 2019 Creative posters by youth and young adults will be on display showing how their faith scriptures influence their ecology practices. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts donate trash sorting cans to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens," 17 June 2019 This is not a coincidence; these same individuals have been politically active in the GOP for decades, going back to the 1970s, and their understanding of scripture informs the Republican Party platform. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 But scripture calls us to see ourselves in the immigrant and to love others as Christ first loved us. Ed Stetzer, Vox, "Fellow evangelicals: stop falling for Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of scripture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for scripture

Middle English, from Late Latin scriptura, from Latin, act or product of writing, from scriptus

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English Language Learners Definition of scripture

: the books of either the Old Testament or the New Testament or of both : the Bible
: the sacred writings of a religion


scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip-chər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Kids Definition of scripture

1 capitalized : bible sense 1
2 : writings sacred to a religious group

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