- of or used by priests; priestly; sacerdotal
- designating or of the abridged form of cursive hieroglyphic writing once used by priests of ancient Egypt
Origin of hieraticClassical Latin hieraticus from Classical Greek hieratikos, of a priest's office, sacerdotal from hieros, sacred: see hiero-
- Of or associated with sacred persons or offices; sacerdotal.
- Constituting or relating to a simplified cursive style of Egyptian hieroglyphics, used in both sacred and secular writings.
- Extremely formal or stylized, as in a work of art.
Origin of hieraticLatin hierāticus from Greek hierātikos from hierāteia priesthood from hierāsthai to be a priest from hiereus priest from hieros holy ; see eis- in Indo-European roots.
- of or pertaining to priests, especially pharaonic priests of ancient Egypt; sacerdotal.
- of or pertaining to the cursive writing system developed by ancient Egyptian priests alongside the hieroglyphic system.
- (said of a work of art, literature, etc.) extremely stylized, restrained or formal; adhering to fixed types or methods; severe in emotional import.
- Some of the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved.
Latin hieraticus, from Ancient Greek ἱερατικός (hieratikos), from ἱερατεία (hierateia, “priesthood”), from ἱερᾶτεύω (hierateuō, “be a priest”), from ἱερεύς (hiereus, “priest”), from ἱερός (hieros, “sacred”).
- Use pertaining to the Egyptian writing system originates with the Greek phrase γράμματα ἱερατικά (grammata hieratika; literally "priestly writing"), which was first used by Saint Clement of Alexandria in the 2nd century AD, as at that time hieratic was used only for religious texts, as had been the case for the previous thousand years.