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Ossianic

[os-ee-an-ik, osh-ee-]
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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.
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Origin of Ossianic

First recorded in 1800–10; Ossian + -ic
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Examples from the Web for ossianic

Historical Examples

  • 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

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

    Ossian in Germany

    Rudolf Tombo

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for ossianic

Ossianic

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

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.

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