- Also hi·er·at·i·cal. of or relating to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.
- noting or pertaining to a form of ancient Egyptian writing consisting of abridged forms of hieroglyphics, used by the priests in their records.
- noting or pertaining to certain styles in art in which the representations or methods are fixed by or as if by religious tradition.
- highly restrained or severe in emotional import: Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.
- ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
Origin of hieratic
Examples from the Web for hieratic
Before Christianity was, it had been a power in hieratic hands.Melomaniacs
It was invariably written, like the hieratic, from right to left.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
The Hieratic, like the Demotic, is always written from right to left.The New York Obelisk
Charles E. Moldenke
Evidently this was a hieratic type, from which the artist was not allowed to depart.New Witnesses for God (Volume 2 of 3)
B. H. Roberts
Showing the development into the Hieratic or pen-formed Characters.Illumination and its Development in the Present Day
- of or relating to priests
- of or relating to a cursive form of hieroglyphics used by priests in ancient Egypt
- of or relating to styles in art that adhere to certain fixed types or methods, as in ancient Egypt
- the hieratic script of ancient Egypt
Word Origin and History for hieratic
"pertaining to sacred things," 1650s (implied in hieratical), from Latin hieraticus, from Greek hieratikos "pertaining to a priest or his office, priestly," from hierateia "priesthood," from hiereus "priest," from hieros "sacred, holy, hallowed; superhuman, mighty; divine" (see ire).