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Ossianic

[os-ee-an-ik, osh-ee-] /ˌɒs iˈæn ɪk, ˌɒʃ i-/
adjective
1.
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.
2.
grandiloquent; bombastic.
Origin of Ossianic
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10; Ossian + -ic
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  • A servile imitation of an Ossianic lament, which appeared anonymously.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • A number of Ossianic songs with the following titles: Die Nacht.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • The melancholy of Novalis sought consolation in the Ossianic joy of grief.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • The entire Stimmung is Ossianic and Ossianic touches are not wanting, as when the poet says, ll.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • Another Ossianic reminder is contained in the second stanza of this poem.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • Ossianic touches also occur in the poems that have been added to the fifth volume.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • It is written in the bardic spirit with here and there an Ossianic touch.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • At the beginning we have an imitation of the Ossianic mood of forsakenness and wildness.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • Nay, for what I saw, the compositions might be fairly classed as Ossianic.

  • Can you account for the remarkable success of the Ossianic forgeries?

    English Literature William J. Long
British Dictionary definitions for Ossianic

Ossianic

/ˌɒsɪˈænɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or reminiscent of Ossian, a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century a.d
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Word Origin and History for Ossianic
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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