Hieroglyph (Greek – sacred writing) describes pictographic and logographic, where a character may represent a word or phrase, writing. Though not exclusively Ancient Egyptian, the term hieroglyph usually refers to Ancient Egyptian writing. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics were in some sense a priestly language as only priests, nobility and royalty would be able to read them. As is seen by their use in tomb paintings as well as amulets that include hieroglyphic text, the use of hieroglyphs was frequently employed as a form of written incantation or at least was used heavily in religious contexts.