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ˈskrɪp tʃərscrip·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Bible, Christian Bible, Book, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, Scripture, Word of God, Wordnoun

    the sacred writings of the Christian religions

    "he went to carry the Word to the heathen"

  2. scripture, sacred scripturenoun

    any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group


  1. Scripturenoun

    the Hebrew Tanakh

  2. Scripturenoun

    the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible.

  3. Scripturenoun

    the Moslem Koran

  4. Scripturenoun

    the Poetic Edda

  5. Scripturenoun

    the religious text of a given religion

  6. scripturenoun

    A sacred writing or book.

  7. scripturenoun

    An authoritative statement.

  8. Etymology: From scriptura, from scriptum, the supine of scribo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SCRIPTUREnoun

    Etymology: scriptura, Latin.

    It is not only remembered in many scriptures, but famous for the death and overthrow of Crassus. Walter Raleigh.

    With us there is never any time bestowed in divine service, without the reading of a great part of the holy scripture, which we account a thing most necessary. Richard Hooker.

    The devil can cite scripture for his purpose:
    An evil soul producing holy witness,
    Is like a villain with a smiling cheek. William Shakespeare.

    There is not any action which a man ought to do, or to forbear, but the scripture will give him a clear precept, or prohibition for it. South.

    Forbear any discourse of other spirits, ’till his reading the scripture history put him upon that enquiry. John Locke.

    Scripture proof was never the talent of these men, and ’tis no wonder they are foiled. Francis Atterbury.

    Why are scripture maxims put upon us, without taking notice of scripture examples, that lie cross ’em? Francis Atterbury.

    The author of nature and the scriptures has expresly enjoined, that he who will not work, shall not eat. Jeremiah Seed, Serm.


  1. Scripture

    Religious texts, including scripture, are texts which various religions consider to be of central importance to their religious tradition. They differ from literature by being a compilation or discussion of beliefs, mythologies, ritual practices, commandments or laws, ethical conduct, spiritual aspirations, and for creating or fostering a religious community. The relative authority of religious texts develops over time and is derived from the ratification, enforcement, and its use across generations. Some religious texts are accepted or categorized as canonical, some non-canonical, and others extracanonical, semi-canonical, deutero-canonical, pre-canonical or post-canonical."Scripture" (or "scriptures") is a subset of religious texts considered to be "especially authoritative", revered and "holy writ", "sacred, canonical", or of "supreme authority, special status" to a religious community. The terms sacred text and religious text are not necessarily interchangeable in that some religious texts are believed to be sacred because of the belief in some theistic religions such as the Abrahamic religions that the text is divinely or supernaturally revealed or divinely inspired, or in non-theistic religions such as some Indian religions they are considered to be the central tenets of their eternal Dharma. Many religious texts, in contrast, are simply narratives or discussions pertaining to the general themes, interpretations, practices, or important figures of the specific religion. In others (Christianity), the canonical texts include a particular text (Bible) but is "an unsettled question", according to Eugene Nida. In yet others (Hinduism, Buddhism), there "has never been a definitive canon". While the term scripture is derived from the Latin scriptura, meaning "writing", most sacred scriptures of the world's major religions were originally a part of their oral tradition, and were "passed down through memorization from generation to generation until they were finally committed to writing", according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica.Religious texts also serve a ceremonial and liturgical role, particularly in relation to sacred time, the liturgical year, the divine efficacy and subsequent holy service; in a more general sense, its performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scripturenoun

    anything written; a writing; a document; an inscription

  2. Scripturenoun

    the books of the Old and the new Testament, or of either of them; the Bible; -- used by way of eminence or distinction, and chiefly in the plural

  3. Scripturenoun

    a passage from the Bible;; a text

  4. Etymology: [L. scriptura, fr. scribere, scriptum, to write: cf. OF. escripture, escriture, F. criture. See Scribe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Scripture

    skrip′tūr, n. sacred writing: the Bible: a writing: a deed: any sacred writing.—adj. Scrip′tural, contained in Scripture: according to Scripture: biblical: written.—ns. Scrip′turalism, literal adherence to the Scriptures; Scrip′turalist, a literalist in his obedience to the letter of Scripture, a student of Scripture.—adv. Scrip′turally.—ns. Scrip′turalness; Scrip′ture-read′er, an evangelist who reads the Bible in cottages, barracks, &c.; Scrip′turist, one versed in Scripture.—The Scriptures, the Bible. [L. scripturascribĕre, to write.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Scripture is ranked #53913 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Scripture surname appeared 383 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Scripture.

    94.2% or 361 total occurrences were White.
    2.6% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scripture in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scripture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

  1. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter:

    Who are any of us to judge the lives of others? the scripture tells us judge not, lest you be judged.

  2. Jerry Witt:

    I can go to my brothers, tell them what’s on my mind, there’s no judgmental things there, we can pray together, we can talk Scripture together, and I can just be myself…We’ve laughed, we’ve cried… but that’s what I personally need and I think that’s what a lot of guys need. Instead of just man up, cowboy up—open up. Open up and be yourself.

  3. Umberto Eco:

    A dream is a scripture, and many scriptures are nothing but dreams.

  4. Cyrus Nowrasteh:

    This movie has great production value, and good acting … But when it comes to biblical movies I tend to like them staying with scripture. I have yet to find anything in the Bible that hints that a 7-year-old Jesus raised a bird( and a boy) from the dead. we make it very clear at the front of the movie that this is fiction and we are imagining one year in the boyhood of Jesus ; so we are not trying to present something as fact or something that is n’t and we are doing it reverently.

  5. Joseph Fiennes:

    We strived very hard in getting the balance between cinema and Scripture, working with the church communities in the process of making the film has allowed us to stay as true as possible to Scripture.

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