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Definition of 'hieratic'


  1. a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
       Synonyms: hieratic script


  1. associated with the priesthood or priests; "priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments"; "hieratic gestures"
       Synonyms: priestly hieratical sacerdotal
  2. written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing; "hieratic Egyptian script"
  3. adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal; "the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved"

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