or bib·li·cal

[bib-li-kuh l]


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 formsBib·li·cal·ly, bib·li·cal·ly, adverban·ti-Bib·li·cal, adjectivean·ti-Bib·li·cal·ly, adverbnon-Bib·li·cal, adjectivenon-Bib·li·cal·ly, adverbpost-Bib·li·cal, adjectivepro-Bib·li·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for biblical

Contemporary Examples of biblical

Historical Examples of biblical

  • 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.

  • 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!


    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 Formsbiblically, adverb
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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