[hahy-uh-rat-ik, hahy-rat-]
Also, hieratical. of or pertaining to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.
noting or pertaining to a form of ancient Egyptian writing consisting of abridged forms of hieroglyphics, used by the priests in their records.
noting or pertaining to certain styles in art in which the representations or methods are fixed by or as if by religious tradition.
highly restrained or severe in emotional import: Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.
ancient Egyptian hieratic writing.

1650–60; < Latin hierāticus < Greek hierātikós pertaining to the priesthood, priestly, equivalent to hierā-, variant stem of hierâsthai to perform priestly functions (verbal derivative of hierós sacred; see hiero-) + -ikos -ic, with -t- by analogy with derivatives from agent nouns in -tēs (cf. athlete, athletic)

hieratically, adverb
nonhieratic, adjective
nonhieratical, adjective
nonhieratically, adverb
unhieratic, adjective
unhieratical, adjective
unhieratically, adverb
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hieratic (ˌhaɪəˈrætɪk)
1.  of or relating to priests
2.  of or relating to a cursive form of hieroglyphics used by priests in ancient Egypt
3.  of or relating to styles in art that adhere to certain fixed types or methods, as in ancient Egypt
4.  the hieratic script of ancient Egypt
[C17: from Latin hierāticus, from Greek hieratikos, from hiereus a priest, from hieros holy]

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Word Origin & History

1656 (implied in hieratical), from Gk. hieratikos, from hierateia "priesthood," from hierasthai "be a priest," from hiereus "priest," from hieros "sacred."
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Example sentences
The acting is heavy and hieratic, fogged with a pretentious mysticism.
They are seen, as it were, in a fixed hieratic stance.
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