Often Scriptures. Also called Holy Scripture, Holy Scriptures. the sacred writings of the Old or New Testaments or both together.
(often lowercase) any writing or book, especially when of a sacred or religious nature.
(sometimes lowercase) a particular passage from the Bible; text.

Origin of Scripture

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin scrīptūra writing. See script, -ure
Related formsan·ti-Scrip·ture, adjectivepro-Scrip·ture, adjectivesub·scrip·ture, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a sacred, solemn, or authoritative book or piece of writing

Word Origin for scripture

C13: from Latin scriptūra written material, from scrībere to write



Also called: Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, the Scriptures Christianity the Old and New Testaments
any book or body of writings, esp when regarded as sacred by a particular religious group
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Word Origin and History for scripture

early 14c., "the sacred writings of the Bible;" mid-14c., "a writing, an act of writing, written characters," from Late Latin scriptura "the writings contained in the Bible, a passage from the Bible," in classical Latin "a writing, character, inscription," from scriptus, past participle of scribere "write" (see script (n.)).

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