Hieratic means priestly; associated with the priesthood or priests.
It can also refer to a cursive form of ancient Egyptian writing (used especially by the priests ).
A third meaning is 'adhering to fixed types or methods; highly restrained and formal'.
It comes from the Greek word meaning "sacred" .
“It gave him a look, hieratic, distinguished, and alien but he wore it unselfconsciously....” P D James
Katie aged 6 months
2 days ago