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Biblical

or bib·li·cal

[bib-li-kuh l]
adjective
  1. of or in the Bible: a Biblical name.
  2. in accord with the Bible.
  3. evocative of or suggesting the Bible or Biblical times, especially in size or extent: disaster on a Biblical scale; a Biblical landscape.
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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
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  • He had spent his days in what might be termed, biblically, riotous living.

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British Dictionary definitions for biblically

biblical

adjective
  1. of, occurring in, or referring to the Bible
  2. resembling the Bible in written style
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Derived Formsbiblically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for biblically

biblical

adj.

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

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