|a.||1.||Consecrated to sacred uses; sacerdotal; pertaining to priests.|
It was a false notion of the Greeks that of the three kinds of writing used by the Egyptians, two - for that reason called hieroglyphic and hieratic - were employed only for sacred, while the third, the demotic, was employed for secular, purposes. No such distinction is discoverable on the more ancient Egyptian monuments; bur we retain the old names founded on misapprehension.
|Noun||1.||hieratic - a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests|
Synonyms: hieratic script
|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"|