hieroglyphic vs hieroglyphical what difference

what is difference between hieroglyphic and hieroglyphical


Alternative forms

  • hieroglyphick (obsolete)


First coined 1726, from French hiéroglyphique, from Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hierogluphikós), from ἱερογλυφέω (hierogluphéō, to represent hieroglyphically), from ἱερός (hierós, sacred, holy) + γλύφω (glúphō, to carve, to engrave, to cut out)


  • IPA(key): /ˌhaɪɹəˈɡlɪfɪk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪfɪk


hieroglyphic (plural hieroglyphics)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) A writing system of ancient Egypt, Minoans, Maya and other civilizations, using pictorial symbols to represent individual sounds as a rebus
  2. Any symbol used in this system; a hieroglyph.
  3. (by extension) Undecipherable handwriting or secret symbol.

Usage notes

The use of this word in the plural, as well as its use to mean ‘a hieroglyph’, are commonly proscribed by Egyptologists; for example, James P. Allen writes, ‘Each sign in this system is a hieroglyph, and the system as a whole is called hieroglyphic (not “hieroglyphics”).’ Thus, while the use of ‘hieroglyphics’ is quite common in works written by laymen (and formerly in 19th-century academic works), it is rare in modern academic works written by Egyptologists.



hieroglyphic (comparative more hieroglyphic, superlative most hieroglyphic)

  1. of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
    hieroglyphic writing
    hieroglyphic obelisk
  2. difficult to decipher




From hieroglyph +‎ -ical.


hieroglyphical (comparative more hieroglyphical, superlative most hieroglyphical)

  1. Related to or resembling hieroglyphs; hieroglyphic.
    • 1844, John Wilson (Scottish writer), The Genius, and Character of Burns
      Pages no better than blanks to common minds, to his, hieroglyphical of wisest secrets.

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