- Also hi·er·at·i·cal. of or relating to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.
- noting or pertaining to a form of ancient Egyptian writing consisting of abridged forms of hieroglyphics, used by the priests in their records.
- noting or pertaining to certain styles in art in which the representations or methods are fixed by or as if by religious tradition.
- highly restrained or severe in emotional import: Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.
- ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.
Origin of hieratic
Examples from the Web for hieratical
- of or relating to priests
- of or relating to a cursive form of hieroglyphics used by priests in ancient Egypt
- of or relating to styles in art that adhere to certain fixed types or methods, as in ancient Egypt
- the hieratic script of ancient Egypt
Word Origin and History for hieratical
"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).