hieratic hieratic


  1. (n) a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests
  2. (adj) associated with the priesthood or priests
  3. (adj) written or belonging to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing
  4. (adj) adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal

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  1. But the beast is best seen in profile, the view that leaves you to reconcile as best you can his hieratic gravity with the laugh-out-loud abundance of his genitals.
  2. I didn't quite get Lucas' hieratic Jedi myths or his nearly liturgical lightsaber duels.
  3. Most obviously, they define a chronology of seeing through 700 years, during which the Western vision has come full spiral from the hieratic to the hieratic.

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  • "You're in the presence of some weird hieratic ritual: you don't know what those signs mean, just like you don't really know what they're singing," Sellars says. "But you get the ritual atmosphere and intensity and commitment, because it...
    on Jan 17, 2010 By: Peter Sellars Source: The Australian

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