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Meaning of HIERATIC

Pronunciation:  `hIu'ratik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
  2. [adj]  (fine arts) adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal; "the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved"
  3. [adj]  written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing; "hieratic Egyptian script"
  4. [adj]  associated with the priesthood or priests; "priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments"; "hieratic gestures"

HIERATIC is a 8 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: hieratic script, hieratical, nonrepresentational, priestly, sacerdotal
 See Also: hieroglyph, hieroglyphic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Hi`er*at"ic\, a. [L. hieraticus, Gr. ?; akin to
"iero`s sacred: cf. F. hi['e]ratique.]
Consecrated to sacred uses; sacerdotal; pertaining to

{Hieratic character}, a mode of ancient Egyptian writing; a
   modified form of hieroglyphics, tending toward a cursive
   hand and formerly supposed to be the sacerdotal character,
   as the demotic was supposed to be that of the people.

         It was a false notion of the Greeks that of the
         three kinds of writing used by the Egyptians, two --
         for that reason called hieroglyphic and hieratic --
         were employed only for sacred, while the third, the
         demotic, was employed for secular, purposes. No such
         distinction is discoverable on the more ancient
         Egyptian monuments; bur we retain the old names
         founded on misapprehension.           --W. H. Ward