Definition of Levitical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ləˈvidək(ə)l/


1Relating to the Levites or the tribe of Levi: a Levitical priest
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  • A Levitical priest's work was terminated by death, but now ‘we have a great high priest, who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God’.
  • The Chronicler sees the primary achievement of David and Solomon as the construction of the temple and the establishment of the types of clergy that were active in his day: priests, Levites, Levitical singers, and Levitical gatekeepers.
  • To further protect the many from the few, Moses did not give the Levitical tribes an equal share of the land.
2 Judaism (Of rules concerning codes of conduct, temple rituals, etc.) derived from the biblical Book of Leviticus: a Levitical edict
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  • This perception of blindness in terms of social exclusion appears in some passages of the Israelite literature that presuppose the Levitical health care system.
  • In the Levitical health care system, for example, some chronic diseases, such as leprosy, attached to the sick person a stigma that required his or her exclusion from the community.
  • According to the Levitical purity system, blindness implied, first of all, an exclusion from the political religious system.


Mid 16th century: via late Latin from Greek levitikos, from Levi (see Levite), + -al.

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Syllabification: Le·vit·i·cal

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