- IPA: /ˌhʌɪəˈɹatɪk/
hieratic (not comparable)
- Of or pertaining to priests, especially pharaonic priests of Ancient Egypt.
- Synonyms: sacerdotal, priestly
- Of or pertaining to the cursive writing system developed by Ancient Egyptian priests alongside the hieroglyphic system.
- (art) 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.
- French: hiératique
- Spanish: hierático
hieratic (plural hieratics)
- (historical) 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.