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Druid

[droo-id]
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noun (often lowercase)
  1. a member of a pre-Christian religious order among the ancient Celts of Gaul, Britain, and Ireland.

Origin of Druid

1555–65; < Latin druidae (plural) < Gaulish; replacing druide < French; compare Old Irish druí (nominative), druid (dative, accusative) wizard
Related formsdru·id·ic, dru·id·i·cal, adjectivenon-Dru·id, nounnon·dru·id·ic, adjectivenon·dru·id·i·cal, adjectivesub·dru·id, noun
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Examples from the Web for druidic

Historical Examples

  • It would not spoil his Druidic mood if he missed Stonehenge.

    A Miscellany of Men

    G. K. Chesterton

  • So he struck her with a rod of Druidic spells, which turned her head into a pig's head.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland

  • But was not that a Druidic superstition, and unworthy of the credence of a Christian?

  • In Keltic we are not told the kind of wood from which the Druidic switch was taken.

  • The people of Cisalpine Gaul, for instance, had no Druidic priesthood.


British Dictionary definitions for druidic

druid

noun (sometimes capital)
  1. a member of an ancient order of priests in Gaul, Britain, and Ireland in the pre-Christian era
  2. a member of any of several modern movements attempting to revive druidism
Derived Formsdruidess (ˈdruːɪdɪs), fem ndruidic or druidical, adjectivedruidry, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin druides, of Gaulish origin; compare Old Irish druid wizards
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for druidic

Druidic

adj.

1773, from Druid + -ic. Related: Druidical.

Druid

n.

1560s, from French druide, from Latin druidae (plural), from Gaulish Druides, from Old Celtic *derwijes, probably representing Old Celtic derwos "true" and *dru- "tree" (especially oak) + *wid- "to know" (cf. vision). Hence, literally, perhaps, "they who know the oak" (perhaps in allusion to divination from mistletoe). Anglo-Saxon, too, used identical words to mean "tree" and "truth" (treow).

The English form comes via Latin, not immediately from Celtic. The Old Irish form was drui (dative and accusative druid; plural druad); Modern Irish and Gaelic draoi, genitive druadh "magician, sorcerer." Not to be confused with United Ancient Order of Druids, secret benefit society founded in London 1781.

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