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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