32nd entry to the Oxford English Dictionary
Pronunciation: Brit. /ɛːˈrɒnᵻkl/ , U.S. /əˈrɑnək(ə)l/ , /ɛˈrɑnək(ə)l/
Forms: 15–16 Aaronicall, 15–16 Aronical, 16 Aronicall, 16– Aaronical.
Etymology: < the name of Aaron + -ical suffix. Compare post-classical Latin Aaronicus
1. Of or relating to Aaron; Aaronic.
?1549 Bp. J. Hooper Declar. 10 Commandm. vii. p. cxiiii, To augment the ceremonyes of the churche, and bring in a new Iudaisme and Aaronicall rites, is against this commaundement.
1580 W. Fulke Discov. Dangerous Rocke xiv, in Retentiue 256 We haue him in deede, our chiefe Bishop & high Priest, of whome the Aaronicall Priest, was but a shadow.
1636 D. Featley Clavis Mystica ii. 14 S. Gregory by smoaking flaxe understandeth the Aaronical Priesthood.
1710 W. Hume Sacred Succession ii. 75 The vertuous Moderation of the Aaronical Priests.
1791 R. de Courcy Christ Crucified I. 26 The legal sacrifices and the Aaronical priesthood were instituted.
1827 J. Stewart Bible Gems vii. 161 The coming glory of the eternal priesthood‥was to eclipse the lustre of the Aaronical priesthood of the Law.
1891 Manford's Mag. Dec. 709/1 To that class of Christians who find scores of types of Christ‥in the bloody Aaronical system, the above reasoning will appear presumptious.
1904 Decatur (Illinois) Rev. 19 Sept. 4/3 They saw for the first time the robes of authority, patterned after a description given by God to Moses in the Aaronical laws.
1969 J. W. Packer Transformation of Anglicanism iii. 50 In his discussion of the Aaronical and Melchizedekian priesthood of Christ he points out that the latter is largely one of blessing.
2008 A. Minnis Fallible Authors iii. 222 A brief history of the priesthood follows, beginning with the Aaronical.
†2. Relating to or characteristic of a high priest; pontifical. Obs. rare.
1620 Bp. J. Hall Honor Married Clergie i. xviii. 95 Our Archbishops and Bishops haue wanted some Aaronicall accoutrements, Gloues, Rings, Sandals, Miters and Pall, and such other trash.
1868 Christian Observer Aug. 609 The eloquent and learned Cartwright, preaching at Cambridge, maintained that it was an Aaronical garment pertaining to the priesthood.