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[hahy-uh-rat-ik, hahy-rat-] /ˌhaɪ əˈræt ɪk, haɪˈræt-/

Also, hieratical. of or relating 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.
of or relating to priests
of or relating to a cursive form of hieroglyphics used by priests in ancient Egypt
of or relating to styles in art that adhere to certain fixed types or methods, as in ancient Egypt
the hieratic script of ancient Egypt

“pertaining to sacred things,” 1650s (implied in hieratical), from Latin hieraticus, from Greek hieratikos “pertaining to a priest or his office, priestly,” from hierateia “priesthood,” from hiereus “priest,” from hieros “sacred, holy, hallowed; superhuman, mighty; divine” (see ire).


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  • Hierocracy

    [hahy-uh-rok-ruh-see, hahy-rok-] /ˌhaɪ əˈrɒk rə si, haɪˈrɒk-/ noun, plural hierocracies. 1. rule or government by priests or ecclesiastics. /ˌhaɪəˈrɒkrəsɪ/ noun (pl) -cies 1. government by priests or ecclesiastics n. “rule or government by priests,” 1794; see hierarchy + -cracy. Related: Hierocratic.

  • Hierodeacon

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  • Hierodule

    [hahy-er-uh-dool, -dyool, hahy-ruh-] /ˈhaɪ ər əˌdul, -ˌdyul, ˈhaɪ rə-/ noun 1. a slave in service in an ancient Greek temple. /ˈhaɪərəˌdjuːl/ noun 1. (in ancient Greece) a temple slave, esp a sacral prostitute

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