[skrip-cher-uh l]
  1. (sometimes initial capital letter) of, relating to, or in accordance with sacred writings, especially the Scriptures.
  2. rendered in or related to writing.

Origin of scriptural

From the Late Latin word scrīptūrālis, dating back to 1635–45. See Scripture, -al1
Related formsscrip·tur·al·ly, adverbscrip·tur·al·ness, nounan·ti·scrip·tur·al, adjectivenon·scrip·tur·al, adjectivepro-Scrip·tur·al, adjectiveun·scrip·tur·al, adjectiveun·scrip·tur·al·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for scripturally

Historical Examples of scripturally

  • But we are scripturally enjoined to be 'temperate in all things.'

  • Dr. Crane has treated this subject clearly, Methodistically, and Scripturally.

  • Yes, but you have not been Scripturally baptized—so the Baptists think.

    Dorothy Page

    Eldridge B. Hatcher

  • The question stared him in the face as to whether he had been Scripturally baptized.

    Dorothy Page

    Eldridge B. Hatcher

  • It remarked, tersely and scripturally, in the English tongue, “I went by and lo he was not.”

    Mystery at Geneva

    Rose Macaulay

British Dictionary definitions for scripturally


  1. (often capital) of, in accordance with, or based on Scripture
  2. of or relating to writing
Derived Formsscripturally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for scripturally



1640s, from Modern Latin scripturalis, from Latin scriptura (see scripture). Related: Scripturally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper