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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.]
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]
hi•er•at•ic(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]
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|Noun||1.||hieratic - a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests|
|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"|
nonrepresentational - of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature