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

[Latin 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.]

hi′er·at′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to priests
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) of or relating to a cursive form of hieroglyphics used by priests in ancient Egypt
3. (Art Terms) of or relating to styles in art that adhere to certain fixed types or methods, as in ancient Egypt
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the hieratic script of ancient Egypt
[C17: from Latin hierāticus, from Greek hieratikos, from hiereus a priest, from hieros holy]
ˌhierˈatically adv


(ˌhaɪ əˈræt ɪk, haɪˈræt-)

1. Also, hi`er•at′i•cal. of or pertaining to priests or a priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly.
2. of or designating a form of ancient Egyptian writing consisting of abridged forms of hieroglyphics, used by the priests in their records.
3. fixed or formalized in style by tradition or convention: hieratic sculptures.
[1650–60; < Latin hierāticus < Greek hierātikós, derivative of hierā-, variant s. of hierâsthai to perform priestly functions]
hi`er•at′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hieratic - a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphicshieratic - a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
hieroglyph, hieroglyphic - a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt
Demotic, Demotic script - a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script; "Demotic script was eventually replaced by Greek"
Adj.1.hieratic - associated with the priesthood or priests; "priestly (or sacerdotal) vestments"; "hieratic gestures"
2.hieratic - written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing; "hieratic Egyptian script"
3.hieratic - adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal; "the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved"
beaux arts, fine arts - the study and creation of visual works of art
nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature


[haɪəˈrætɪk] ADJ (frm) → hierático


adj (Rel) → hieratisch
References in classic literature ?
Apparently Rose had muddled them all up; and it was a long time before the figure was finished and sent to the Pavilion in a long basket to take on itself the robes and the hieratic pose of the Empress.
She took the leg of mutton and held it high above her, as though it were the head of John the Baptist on a platter; and, the cigarette still in her mouth, advanced with solemn, hieratic steps.
During the contact of that unexpected and lingering kiss Mr Verloc, gripping with both hands the edges of his chair, preserved a hieratic immobility.
Driving through the streets in her big landau she exhibited to the indifference of the natives and the stares of the tourists a long-waisted, youthful figure of hieratic stiffness, with a pair of big gleaming eyes, rolling restlessly behind a short veil of black lace, which, coming down no further than her vividly red lips, resembled a mask.
Their texts are written in different languages and scripts, including Hieroglyphs, Hieratic, Demotic,Aramaic, Greek, Coptic and Arabic.
Eyre (from a review in this Journal over a decade ago) in the preface of the volume eloquently expresses, the goal of the volume under review is "the slow, often thankless task of primary publication of New Kingdom hieratic ostraca .
The different scales are not meant to be hieratic to signify importance but more to show the outside of the body as subjective.
It was hieroglyphics before 3000BC, and the hieratic alphabet shortly after this.
This poem differs from his other more famous poems on the Christ Child in that it presents the Child in a hieratic stance, an image of power and judgment rather than that of an active lover, eager sacrifice, or Warrior Babe.
Hieratic inscriptions (a cursive form of hieroglyphs) revealed that most of the mummies in the tomb were related to two pharaohs, Thutmose IV and Amenhotep III, who ruled during the 14th century B.
The analysis of the hieratic inscriptions (related to hieroglyphics) revealed that tomb KV 40 contains the mummified remains of at least 8 hitherto unknown royal daughters, four princes and several foreign ladies.
On Reinhardt's work, absolutely, in part because the subtlety of his color interactions is such that a shadow stripe not only produces a hieratic top but also destroys the modular symmetry upon which the artist relied in order to make his paintings "non-compositional.