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[bib-li-kuh l] /ˈbɪb lɪ kəl/
of or in the Bible:
a Biblical name.
in accord with the Bible.
evocative of or suggesting the Bible or Biblical times, especially in size or extent:
disaster on a Biblical scale; a Biblical landscape.
Origin of Biblical
1780-90; < Medieval Latin biblic(us) (bibl(ia) Bible + -icus -ic) + -al1
Related forms
Biblically, biblically, adverb
anti-Biblical, adjective
anti-Biblically, adverb
non-Biblical, adjective
non-Biblically, adverb
post-Biblical, adjective
pro-Biblical, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Biblical
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  • It appears, then, that Biblical writers did not always copy a full list.

    Archology and the Bible George A. Barton
  • And that was the nearest the little adventuress ever came to making a Biblical quotation.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • In the incarnate Son of God we see the full development and realization of the Biblical idea of holiness.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • Such mistakes never were really a part of the Biblical idea.

    Understanding the Scriptures Francis McConnell
  • No Biblical student would willingly dispense with this Concordance when once possessed.

British Dictionary definitions for Biblical


of, occurring in, or referring to the Bible
resembling the Bible in written style
Derived Forms
biblically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for Biblical



1790, from Bible + -ical. Related: Biblically. Earlier adjective was Biblic (1680s).

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