Definitions of hieratic
  1. adjective
    associated with the priesthood or priests
    hieratic gestures”
    synonyms: hieratical, priestly, sacerdotal
  2. adjective
    written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing
    hieratic Egyptian script”
  3. noun
    a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
    synonyms: hieratic script
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    Demotic, Demotic script
    a simplified cursive form of the ancient hieratic script
    type of:
    hieroglyph, hieroglyphic
    a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt
  4. adjective
    adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal
    “the more hieratic sculptures leave the viewer curiously unmoved”
    of or relating to a style of art in which objects do not resemble those known in physical nature
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