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[bib-li-kuh l] /ˈbɪb lɪ kəl/
of or in the Bible:
a Biblical name.
in accord with the Bible.
evocative of or suggesting the Bible or Biblical times, especially in size or extent:
disaster on a Biblical scale; a Biblical landscape.
Origin of Biblical
1780-90; < Medieval Latin biblic(us) (bibl(ia) Bible + -icus -ic) + -al1
Related forms
Biblically, biblically, adverb
anti-Biblical, adjective
anti-Biblically, adverb
non-Biblical, adjective
non-Biblically, adverb
post-Biblical, adjective
pro-Biblical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Biblical
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  • And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Such mistakes never were really a part of the Biblical idea.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • His mind went back to the Biblical story of the burning bush.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • And what an epic, what a Biblical numbering of that people suggested itself!

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
  • And the streaming rain—was there ever such a deluge since the old Biblical days!

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for Biblical


of, occurring in, or referring to the Bible
resembling the Bible in written style
Derived Forms
biblically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Biblical



1790, from Bible + -ical. Related: Biblically. Earlier adjective was Biblic (1680s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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