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[skrip-cher] /ˈskrɪp tʃər/
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.
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin scrīptūra writing. See script, -ure
Related forms
anti-Scripture, adjective
pro-Scripture, adjective
subscripture, noun Unabridged
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  • The scriptures tell us a church is never a building.
  • All one had to do was have the elders pray over you, sing gospel music and read a few scriptures-talk about a simple program.
  • Each soldier could spend his free time studying the scriptures or in private prayer.
  • It could also be meeting on a regular basis with a smaller group for: meditation, prayer or the study of scriptures.
  • These are primary scriptures, printed materials and short term pastoral support.
  • The name of our product and each of its natural ingredients originated in the scriptures.
  • Servant leadership as an idea or theme has a lineage as old as the scriptures.
  • Religious practices such as the reading of scriptures, the sacraments, prayer and worship are offered.
British Dictionary definitions for scriptures


a sacred, solemn, or authoritative book or piece of writing
Word Origin
C13: from Latin scriptūra written material, from scrībere to write


(Christianity) Also called Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, the Scriptures. 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 scriptures



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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scriptures in the Bible

invariably in the New Testament denotes that definite collection of sacred books, regarded as given by inspiration of God, which we usually call the Old Testament (2 Tim. 3:15, 16; John 20:9; Gal. 3:22; 2 Pet. 1:20). It was God's purpose thus to perpetuate his revealed will. From time to time he raised up men to commit to writing in an infallible record the revelation he gave. The "Scripture," or collection of sacred writings, was thus enlarged from time to time as God saw necessary. We have now a completed "Scripture," consisting of the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament canon in the time of our Lord was precisely the same as that which we now possess under that name. He placed the seal of his own authority on this collection of writings, as all equally given by inspiration (Matt. 5:17; 7:12; 22:40; Luke 16:29, 31). (See BIBLE ØT0000580; CANON.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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