- 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
A servile imitation of an Ossianic lament, which appeared anonymously.
A number of Ossianic songs with the following titles: Die Nacht.
The melancholy of Novalis sought consolation in the Ossianic joy of grief.
The entire Stimmung is Ossianic and Ossianic touches are not wanting, as when the poet says, ll.
Another Ossianic reminder is contained in the second stanza of this poem.
- 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.