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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Definitions for hieratic

  1. Highly restrained or severe in emotional import: Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.
  2. Also, hi·er·at·i·cal. of or pertaining to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.
  3. Noting or pertaining to a form of ancient Egyptian writing consisting of abridged forms of hieroglyphics, used by the priests in their records.

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Citations for hieratic
She raised her hands from the side of the pen in a gesture hieratic and profound. Flannery O'Connor, Everything That Rises Must Converge
At first, in a hieratic performance, as if in slow motion, the king submitted with mournful joy, bowing his meek head. Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum
Origin of hieratic
Related to the word hierarchy, hieratic comes from the Greek word hierātikós meaning "priestly."
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