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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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Examples from the Web for scripturally
Historical Examples
  • But we are scripturally enjoined to be 'temperate in all things.'

  • Dr. Crane has treated this subject clearly, Methodistically, and scripturally.

    Popular Amusements J. T. Crane
  • Yes, but you have not been scripturally baptized—so the Baptists think.

    Dorothy Page Eldridge B. Hatcher
  • The question stared him in the face as to whether he had been scripturally baptized.

    Dorothy Page Eldridge B. Hatcher
  • It remarked, tersely and scripturally, in the English tongue, “I went by and lo he was not.”

    Mystery at Geneva Rose Macaulay
  • It is literally as well as scripturally possible "to have ears and hear not."

    Principles of Teaching Adam S. Bennion
  • But such people think they have been scripturally baptized, and they do what they consider right.

    Dorothy Page Eldridge B. Hatcher
  • The blessed grace of entire sanctification is scripturally the bequest of God to his people.

    Sanctification J. W. Byers
  • Perhaps three of the men are scripturally penitent, three others interested and four indifferent to religion—so far as we can see.

    Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
  • The whole of this theologico-scientific structure was built most carefully and, as was then thought, most scripturally.

British Dictionary definitions for scripturally


(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 scripturally



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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