Hieratic meaning

hīə-rătĭk, hī-răt-
Of or associated with sacred persons or offices; sacerdotal.
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Constituting or relating to a simplified cursive style of Egyptian hieroglyphics, used in both sacred and secular writings.
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Extremely formal or stylized, as in a work of art.
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(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.

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A writing system used in pharaonic Egypt that was developed alongside the hieroglyphic system, primarily written in ink with a reed brush on papyrus, allowing scribes to write quickly without resorting to the time consuming hieroglyphs.
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Of or used by priests; priestly; sacerdotal.
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Designating or of the abridged form of cursive hieroglyphic writing once used by priests of ancient Egypt.
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Of or pertaining to priests, especially pharaonic priests of ancient Egypt; sacerdotal.
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Of or pertaining to the cursive writing system developed by ancient Egyptian priests alongside the hieroglyphic system.
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Origin of hieratic

  • Latin hierāticus from Greek hierātikos from hierāteia priesthood from hierāsthai to be a priest from hiereus priest from hieros holy eis- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary