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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
1650-1660
Related to the word hierarchy, hieratic comes from the Greek word hierātikós meaning "priestly."