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hieratic

(adjective) Of or associated with sacred persons or offices.

Synonyms: priestly, sacerdotal

Usage: The laws did not apply to the heratic class, whose members were held as nearly gods.
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Funk and Wagnalls Standard Desk Dictionary VOLUME 1 HIERATIC adj. 1. Of or pertaining to priests or priestly usage. The hieriatic nature of this matter is not exclusive.
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Usage: The laws did not apply to the heratic class, whose members were held as nearly gods.

Is the underlined word a variant of the adjective of hieratic or a typo?

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AbhijayBasu wrote:
Usage: The laws did not apply to the heratic class, whose members were held as nearly gods.

Is the underlined word a variant of the adjective of hieratic or a typo?


Just noticed this as well in the "word of the day" email so came here- definitely looks like a typo
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Word History: Today's Word is the English rendition of Latin hieraticus "priestly", a word borrowed from Greek hieratikos "priestly". This word was derived from hierateia "priesthood", an abstract noun derived from hiereus "priest", and ultimately going back to hieros "holy". This word comes from an Indo-European root referring in some way to passion, for it emerged directly in Latin as ira "anger". The French version of this word was then borrowed by English as ire.

In Play: The word is probably used most widely today in referring to a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics, used in day-to-day correspondence. The hieratic writing system spread throughout the Middle East and eventually became the writing systems of Greek, the source of the Latin script used in Europe today, Arabic, and those of the Indian subcontinent and beyond. But let's not lose sight of this word's original meaning: "In some lands the priests form a hieratic class with considerable political power, sometimes forming a hierocracy." The most recent sense of this word is that of a rigidly fixed style: "Amand Lynn wrote songs in the hieratic style of the 30s and 40s consisting of two verses, a bridge, and a third verse."

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the pope answer to a only heratic left
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I was always under the impression Egyptian Hieroglyphs were completely separate from the Greek writing style which was why we were unable to translate them until the discovery of the Rosetta stone. I suppose a little research is in order.
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HIERATIC:

Etymology and Meaning:

Greek hierātikós pertaining to the priesthood, priestly, equivalent. to hierā-, variant stem of hierâsthai to perform priestly functions (verb, verbal derivative of hierós sacred; see hiero-) + -ikos -ic, with -t- by analogy with derivatives from agent nouns in -tēs (compare athlete, athletic)
Latin hierāticus

"Encased in gold and encrusted with gems, the saint sits in a hieratic posture with staring eyes, looking every inch an oriental potentate".(Source: The Oxford illustrated history of Christianity. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990)
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I was always under the impression Egyptian Hieroglyphs were completely separate from the Greek writing style which was why we were unable to translate them until the discovery of the Rosetta stone. I suppose a little research is in order.
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