Origin of hieratic
Examples from the Web for hieratic
These had been "carefully laid between the slabs for some hieratic purpose," probably under the central statue of the goddess.The World of Homer|Andrew Lang
In consequence of its symbolical purpose this hieratic series is rather eclectic than cyclopdic in its character.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow
The text of this very interesting story is found written in the hieratic character upon papyri which are preserved in Berlin.The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians|E. A. Wallis Budge
The Phnicians, who borrowed their letters from the Hieratic Egyptian, wrote and .
Before Christianity was, it had been a power in hieratic hands.Melomaniacs|James Huneker
adjective Also: hieratical
Word Origin for hieratic
"pertaining to sacred things," 1650s (implied in hieratical), from Latin hieraticus, from Greek hieratikos "pertaining to a priest or his office, priestly," from hierateia "priesthood," from hiereus "priest," from hieros "sacred, holy, hallowed; superhuman, mighty; divine" (see ire).