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

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Historical Examples of biblically

  • He had spent his days in what might be termed, biblically, riotous living.

    The Gay Cockade

    Temple Bailey

British Dictionary definitions for biblically



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 biblically



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

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