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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sacred writing or book.
  • n. A passage from such a writing or book.
  • n. The sacred writings of the Bible. Often used in the plural. Also called Holy Scriptures.
  • n. A statement regarded as authoritative.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the Aqdas
  • n. the Hebrew Tanakh
  • n. the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible.
  • n. the Moslem Koran
  • n. the Poetic Edda
  • n. the religious text of a given religion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything written; a writing; a document; an inscription.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A passage from the Bible; a text.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A writing; anything written.
  • n. An inscription or superscription; a motto or legend; the posy of a ring, or the like.
  • n. [capitalized] The books of the Old and New Testaments; the Bible: used by way of eminence and distinction, and often in the plural preceded by the definite article; often also Holy Scripture. See Bible.
  • n. A passage or quotation from the Scriptures; a Bible text.
  • n. [capitalized] Any sacred writing or book: as, a catena of Buddhist Scriptures.
  • Relating to the Bible or the Scriptures; scriptural: as, “Scripture history,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any writing that is regarded as sacred by a religious group
  • n. the sacred writings of the Christian religions

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin scrīptūra, from Latin, act of writing, from scrīptus, past participle of scrībere, to write; see skrībh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scrīptūra ("a writing, scripture"), from scrīptum, the supine of scrībō ("I write"). (Wiktionary)

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