- of, relating to, or characteristic of Ossian, the poetry attributed to him, or the rhythmic prose published by James Macpherson in 1762–63, purporting to be a translation from the Scottish Gaelic.
- grandiloquent; bombastic.
Origin of Ossianic
Examples from the Web for ossianic
It is written in the bardic spirit with here and there an Ossianic touch.
At the beginning we have an imitation of the Ossianic mood of forsakenness and wildness.
Ossianic touches also occur in the poems that have been added to the fifth volume.
A servile imitation of an Ossianic lament, which appeared anonymously.
A number of Ossianic songs with the following titles: Die Nacht.
- of, relating to, or reminiscent of Ossian, a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century a.d
Word Origin and History for ossianic
1808, in reference to Oisin, name of a legendary Gaelic bard, literally "little fawn;" James Macpherson claimed to have collected and translated his works (1760-1763) under the name Ossian, and the poetic prose sparked a Celtic revival and fascination with the glamor of the lost world of the bards. The work turned out to be Macpherson's forgery, and the style later was regarded as bombastic, but the resulting swerve in European literature was real.