• IPA: /ˌhʌɪəˈɹatɪk/

hieratic (not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to priests, especially pharaonic priests of Ancient Egypt.
    Synonyms: sacerdotal, priestly
  2. Of or pertaining to the cursive writing system developed by Ancient Egyptian priests alongside the hieroglyphic system.
  3. (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.
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hieratic (plural hieratics)

  1. (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.

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