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[skrip-cher-uh l] /ˈskrɪp tʃər əl/
(sometimes initial capital letter) of, relating to, or in accordance with sacred writings, especially the Scriptures.
rendered in or related to writing.
Origin of scriptural
From the Late Latin word scrīptūrālis, dating back to 1635-45. See Scripture, -al1
Related forms
scripturally, adverb
scripturalness, noun
antiscriptural, adjective
nonscriptural, adjective
pro-Scriptural, adjective
unscriptural, adjective
unscripturally, adverb Unabridged
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  • The scriptural truths are to be judged by no other test than that of their worth for life.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • This illustrates the scriptural term in the history of Deborah.

  • There was, indeed, but little said, but the words were savory and scriptural.

  • Yet we have scriptural authority for it: "Deceiving and being deceived."

    Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
  • There have been three different cubits—the scriptural, the Roman, and the English.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for scriptural


(often capital) of, in accordance with, or based on Scripture
of or relating to writing
Derived Forms
scripturally, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for scriptural

1640s, from Modern Latin scripturalis, from Latin scriptura (see scripture). Related: Scripturally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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