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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
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[haɪəˈrætɪk] ADJ (frm) → hierático
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References in classic literature ?
When I turned to her she was sitting very stiff and upright, with her feet posed, hieratically on the carpet and her head emerging out of the ample fur collar, such as a gem-like flower above the rim of a dark vase.
Furthermore, even if a preamble of an international document is of an eclectic nature (politic, legal, economic, general principles, social or even a statement of value), it is undoubtedly intrinsic part of that document, and therefore it has the same legal force as the document itself (hieratically superior even to constitutional norms, according to most of the European constitutions--including the constitution of Romania for example).
Her black-lacquer Brick screen, for example, at once establishes a space of enclosure while providing apertures through which a voyeur might peer; it is hieratically sculptural, an exemplar of classical craft, even as its gleaming surface and streamlined modular components link it to industrial processes.
The photographs are landscape images of the state, with a few portraits, all in high-contrast black-and-white, hieratically posed or frozen by a high-speed shutter.
"Ah, I remember the strange sensation I felt when, at Kandy, the gloomy former capital of Ceylon, I went up the steps of the temple where the English had stupidly, without torture, slaughtered the little Modeliar princes who, legends tell us, were so charming.like those skilfully made Chinese ikons, with so hieratically clam and pure of grace, and their golden halos and their long hands pressed together."